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October 4, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(14):846. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480400040010

In a recent issue of The Journal (September 20) was published an abstract of a communication by Danlos1 on the effects of radium in the cure of lupus. The results reported are certainly striking enough, and it would appear that we have in this substance a therapeutic agent of considerable promise. Its advantages over the tedious and expensive light treatment when it is practicable are obvious; the radium can be applied directly to the diseased area without inconveniencing the patient or requiring the continuous attention of the operator, and while radium is a rare and expensive substance it would seem probable that the general cost of the treatment can be greatly reduced. A possible inconvenience of the treatment is that the radium application may cause obstinate ulcers, as shown by a case reported by Hallopeau and Gadaud in the same journal, but this can probably be avoided by proper