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April 8, 1905

New Instrument

JAMA. 1905;XLIV(14):1116-1117. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500410040004

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A NEW CURRENT CONTROLLER.  G. BETTON MASSEY, M.D.Attending Surgeon, American Oncologic Hospital.PHILADELPHIA.With the renewed interest in the constant current as a conveyer of ionized bodies for the destructive sterilization of cancerous growths now shown by many physicians who but recently employed the Roentgen rays alone in the treatment of malignant growths, the question of proper apparatus for electrochemical surgery is one of much importance. Unless provided with good instruments, it is evident that the firstrequisite for the development of special skill in this work is wanting, and that imperfect results are sure to follow any attempt to put these methods into practice.Plain speaking on this point is most essential. In the city of New York, with its many manufacturers of electrotherapeutic apparatus, not a single controller worthy of use in the cataphoric applications of the constant current has ever been made. In Chicago, good controllers

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