In August, 1903, Senn1 reported the apparent cure of a case of myelogenous leukemia under the influence of the Röntgen ray. This form of treatment was instituted after failure to better the patient's condition by the drugs usually tried in this disease and when the case appeared hopeless. The blood findings in Senn's case are not reported as fully as might be desired, but there can be little doubt that the patient's condition was markedly bettered under the influence of the treatment. This was evidenced by the diminution in volume of the spleen, together with a decrease proportionately of myelocytes in the peripheral blood and a return of the polymorphonuclear elements to nearly the normal proportion.
Senn2 has also reported a case of lymphatic leukemia benefited under x-ray treatment. This case, together with an undoubted case of pseudoleukemia, judging from the clinical and blood findings, was reported under the title,
GROSH LC, STONE WJ. ROENTGEN RAY TREATMENT OF LEUKEMIA.REPORT OF CASE (MYELOGENOUS TYPE) WITH APPARENT IMPROVEMENT; DEATH; AUTOPSY. JAMA. 1904;XLIII(1):18–22. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92500010002d
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