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In the early work with the x-ray, after exposures for various skin lesions, such as acne, eczema and epithelioma, it was discovered that hair present on the area treated would fall out. This occurred after a varying number of exposures. Not only was it true of fine hairs, but coarse hairs, when they existed, also yielded to the subtle influence of the ray.
In most cases the hair remained out for several weeks or even months; therefore it seemed that a new treatment for hypertrichosis had been found, which was painless, easily applied and henceforth to displace the tedious method of electrolysis. As a natural consequence the x-ray was eagerly welcomed by both patient and operator as the treatment par excellence for superfluous hairs. With this encouragement there was no lack of material for proving or disproving its value. Large numbers of patients were treated with apparent success at
RICE MC. THE FAILURE OF THE ROENTGEN-RAY IN THE TREATMENT OF HYPERTRICHOSIS. JAMA. 1910;LIV(2):125–126. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.92550280001001m
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