The report of a case of chronic lymphatic leukemia treated by the Roentgen method of Pancoast seems worthy of record, despite the already long list of detailed reports of cases treated by the older technic. Results of Roentgen treatment in leukemia by the older methods have not been satisfactory, as the small percentage of permanent cures testify. The striking initial drop in the leucocyte count and the decrease in size of the spleen and lymph glands has unfortunately not been permanent and the brilliancy of this early symptomatic cure has been replaced by subsequent relapse and failure. Analysis of completed case records1 shows a fatal result in 85 to 90 per cent.
Manifestly such final result is neither satisfactory nor encouraging, and here and there voices have been raised against the Roentgen ray as having failed of its promised benefit. But, as Stengel and Pancoast point out, an agent
LEVISON LA, DACHTLER HW. LYMPHATIC LEUKEMIA: A CASE TREATED BY THE STENGEL-PANCOAST METHOD. JAMA. 1909;LII(10):769–771. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.25420360025003a
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