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To the Editor:
—In May, 1899, I read, before the Chicago Medical Society, a paper entitled, "Original X-Ray Work and Its Value to Stomach Diagnosis," which was published in the Philadelphia Medical Journal, Aug. 26, 1899. The Journal commented on it Sept. 2. 1899. At that time I said, speaking of the x-ray: "I am within bounds when I say that the prevailing idea with the general practitioner has been that it is only of value to the surgeon... however, it is possible to recognize new growths, deformities, malformations, variation in the density of bone... calcareous infiltrations of various organs or tissues.... Some months ago I became convinced that I could make use of the x-ray in my special study of the stomach and alimentary tract, and later I made a study of the other cavities of the body. It is my pleasure to present to you the
Metcalf WB. The Use of Bismuth and the X-Ray in Diagnosing Diseases of the Alimentary Tract, Etc. JAMA. 1911;LVII(19):1555. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260110055027
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