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September 13, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(11):634-635. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480370042006

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The Journal of Advanced Therapeutics, a publication largely devoted to the medical and surgical employment of physical agencies, electricity, x-rays, hydrotherapy, etc., editorially notices in its last issue that any adverse criticism of the therapeutic use of the x-ray is now rarely met in the medical literature. It argues for its early employment in malignant disease, without waiting for surgical results, and asks, why should not the x-rays preclude the knife? It does seem from the reports of specialists who have used these methods that there is a vast field for hopefulness in their employment and very little of any drawback to their use. Whether they will supplant surgery in cancer is another thing; at present there is no warrant for assuming that they will. But considering the well-recognized limitations of surgery in these cases we ought to welcome any agency that promises so much good as

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