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May 13, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(19):1496-1504. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.92500460004002

In March, 1900,1 in November, 1900,2 and in February, 1902,3 I read papers before this society on the therapeutic use of arays. The first paper was a consideration of their use in skin diseases; the second, a report and a demonstration of lupus successfully treated with x-rays; the third, a report and a demonstration of a number of cases of various kinds showing the results of exposures to x-rays. The cases reported included lupus, epithelioma, senile keratosis, recurrent carcinoma of the breast, deep-seated carcinoma of the head and neck, sarcoma, keloid, pseudoleukemia and leukemia. In another report4 the use of this agent in various forms of dermatoses was considered. Three years now have passed since the last of these reports, and I venture to hope that it will not be unprofitable nor without interest to review the subject and to undertake to estimate from the results the therapeutic limitations and possibilities of this agent.

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