This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.
To the Editor:—
The recent newspaper publicity on the medical betatron at the University of Illinois College of Medicine is totally unauthorized and grossly exaggerated. One magazine has, in spite of warning, distorted facts to the point of absurdity.I am neither optimistic nor enthusiastic about the ability of the betatron to solve the cancer problem. In its present state it may be helpful in about 10 per cent of patients with cancer. It is not suitable for widespread cancer, terminal situations or cancers of a radiation-resistant type.Physicians having relatives or patients afflicted with cancer are urged to institute prompt and aggressive treatment by accepted methods in their own communities. We can test so few patients a month on the betatron that the Tumor Clinic in Research and Educational Hospital in Chicago can supply our needs without outside referrals.
Harvey RA. THE BETATRON AND CANCER. JAMA. 1950;142(3):198. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910210054021
Customize your JAMA Network experience by selecting one or more topics from the list below.
Create a personal account or sign in to: