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June 23, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(25):1935-1936. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510520039011

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The recent death of a prominent Rochester (N. Y.) physician from cancer, attributed to excessive exposure to the x-ray, adds to the long list of the martyrs to medical science and is a striking evidence of the dangerous possibilities of this very powerful agent. There have been many cases of inconvenient symptoms among x-ray workers, but we believe there are few serious cases that have originated of late years. Dr. Weigel was a pioneer in this line of investigation, and it is likely that he neglected due precautions before their necessity had been demonstrated by general experience. The fact that his case was diagnosed as cancer by one of the most eminent pathologists and that its clinical history was such as to warrant the diagnosis is suggestive. It does not favor the parasitic theory of that disease nor does it necessarily disprove it. It shows very clearly, however, that the

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