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August 5, 1961

Gastric Radiation

JAMA. 1961;177(5):344. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040310062019

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To the Editor:—  It is unfortunate that the article "Gastric Radiation—Nonsurgical Treatment for Surgical Ulcer" by Drs. Klein and Berman (JAMA176:98-101 [April 15] 1961) does not include words of caution with respect to the potential hazard of radiation in the treatment of nonmalignant disease. Since the authors do not document their implied confidence in the innocuousness of the dosage employed, either by animal experimentation or the experience of others who have employed this type of therapy in the past, the question of late sequelae, in the form of neoplasia involving any of the tissues in the treated area, may be properly raised.Before embarking on an experiment of this nature, the therapist would be well advised to demand some assurance that the favorable results anticipated will not be obtained at the cost of increased incidence of malignant tumors among the group so treated. It is of interest that

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