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July 16, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLIII(3):202. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500030042007

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Radium has been a source of no little disappointment in medicine and surgery. This, it is true, is not because of any failure of the wonderful new substance to act in the way in which its discoverers announced, but is attributable to the exaggerated claims of certain pseudoscientific observers who proclaimed unwarrantably that medicine would have in radium a marvelous therapeutic agent. Notwithstanding this disappointment, serious scientific investigation with regard to the possible therapeutic value of radium in medicine and surgery is being, and very properly should be, continued by careful observers. That it will prove of value in the treatment of certain superficial surgical affections may be expected from what has been found quite recently with regard to the biologic effects; that is to say, the effects on vitality and vital processes of radium. When seeds, for instance, are exposed for a certain length of time to the radiations

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