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December 12, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(24):1254. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02431020036009

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Ever since the discovery and the first practical application of the Roentgen rays there have been, as it was anticipated there would be, numerous claims of special effects on organisms and on various forms of life. Some of these have already been disproven qr discredited, such for example as their alleged action on bacterial life. Whatever there may be in this, it has not as yet won any strong support in scientific quarters, and their value as a therapeutic agent, anticipated by some, is practically nil thus far. From various quarters, however, there have appeared and are constantly appearing reports of certain special inconvenient symptoms following exposure to these rays. Some of these, such as the subjective sensations experienced by some patients, may be practically accounted for by the existing nervous and mental condition of the patient in some cases. At least this is a possible way of explaining some

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