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December 26, 1953

Die Nahbestrahlung

JAMA. 1953;153(17):1595. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940340097032

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This book offers a complete and up-to-date description of the techniques used in applying soft roentgen radiation to superficial or to surgically exposed lesions (plesio-roentgen-therapy, contact roentgentherapy, and low-voltage near-distance therapy). Well illustrated with photographs of apparatus and cases, it contains much valuable quantitative information in the form of tables and diagrams. Radium and the radium-substitutes recently provided by the uranium pile are excluded from the discussion except for purposes of comparison. The text is well written, the printing excellent, and the extensive bibliography includes Italian, French, English, German, and American work. The use of such abbreviations as FHA and GHWT is annoying. In some places their meaning is evident from the context, but in others it is not; often the reader could be saved time and effort by a single entry in the index leading to the passage where the abbreviation is explained or first used. Aside from this

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