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May 30, 1977

Dermatologic Radiotherapy

JAMA. 1977;237(22):2425. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270490065039

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Using many well-conceived diagrams and a text of uncommon simplicity, the authors are able to teach even the most stubborn physician the basic physics concerned with therapeutic x-ray. In the first 70 pages of the book, the "minimum-you-need-toknow" is explained well, and the physician then should be able to explain these matters admirably to his patients. The last 70 pages emphasize the use of low voltage x-ray to treat diseases of the skin or subcutaneous tissues. The discussion is wholly appropriate for family physicians, general or plastic surgeons, ophthalmologists and otolaryngologists, as well as dermatologists.

This pleasant book includes mathematical explanations and deals with concepts such as scattering, attenuation, quantum energy, and wave mechanics—all without baffling the reader. Properly, the authors emphasize the practical conditions of treatment, modern dosimetry, and tissue effects. They compare the various x-ray machines and other methods of radiation. Because this is a brief text, we