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The serious nature of the injuries which have been inflicted on two expert Roentgen ray operators, and which necessitated the amputation or partial amputation of both hands, should be sufficient warning to all engaged in the the employment of this powerful agent. A further word of caution seems neccessary, however, as many operators who have had no experience are entering the field.
The claim made by the manufacturers of static machines that these do not, or are less liable to, produce serious injury has proved fallacious. It is a dangerous doctrine, as it engenders a false sense of security. One of the physicians, who has practically lost both his hands, did most of his work with a static machine.
The Roentgen ray is itself the effective agent or the transmitter of that agent to the tissues. The injury or the good results only where it is applied. The same caution
LEONARD CL. THE PROTECTION OF THE ROENTGEN RAY OPERATOR. JAMA. 1905;XLIV(18):1423–1425. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.92500450011001b
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