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September 4, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXIX(10):494-495. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440360038009

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The extended use of the X-rays in surgical diagnosis has also developed certain inconveniences that attend their use, and the facts reported have received a very large amount of attention from the medical profession and the public. In popular estimation the occasional evil effects have been somewhat exaggerated, possibly in some cases to the embarrassment of physicians who desired to utilize this valuable diagnostic means. Among physicians themselves there has been some difference of opinion, and views that are without scientific basis are sometimes expressed as to the nature and the mode of action of these rays. There is so much that is unknown in regard to them, and the room for speculation is so ample, that it is no wonder that this should be so, any more than that the most extravagant tales of their powers should be credited by the general public.

Dr. N. Stone Scott, consulting surgeon

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