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November 27, 1915


Author Affiliations

Instructor in Dermatology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University; Chief of the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology, Vanderbilt Clinic; Consulting Dermatologist, St. Vincent's Hospital; Visiting Dermatologist, Sea View Hospital NEW YORK

From the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York.

JAMA. 1915;LXV(22):1886-1892. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580220026009

THE DERMATOLOGIST AND THE RADIOLOGIST  Now that Roentgen-ray work is becoming highly specialized, there seems to be a tendency to separate dermatology from roentgenotherapy. This is both desirable and undesirable. So far as concerns the Roentgen-ray treatment of skin diseases, two general attributes are essential — a knowledge of dermatology and skill in modern Roentgen-ray technic. The dermatologist possesses the former and he can easily acquire the latter, for the difficulties are more imaginary than real. The pure roentgenologist, while being expert in Roentgen-ray technic, lacks a dermatologic training, as also do many of the physicians who refer patients to him for treatment. To avoid errors in diagnosis and the obvious consequences, it would seem advisable to adhere to one of three schemes: for the dermatologist to employ the Roentgen ray; for the roentgenologist to have at least a clinical knowledge of dermatology; or for both to combine their skill

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