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December 4, 1897

THE APPLICATION OF THE ROENTGEN RAYS TO MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(23):1157-1158. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440490023001k

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Abstract

The application of the Roentgen rays to medical science has already given to surgery a method of diagnosis the precision of which makes it of the greatest value; this value lies in the absolute pictures which we are able to secure by its means, and loses its preeminence as soon as we are compelled to substitute for the absolute picture in black and white, mental pictures which always involve the personal equation of the observer.

It is worse than useless to suppose that any new method of forming mental pictures, no matter how startling or radical, can equal in accuracy or approach in value those which the science of medical diagnosis has already taught us to form with well-nigh infallible precision. It would be supererogation on the part of anyone to think that the mental pictures which he might form by the use of the Roentgen rays could replace or

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