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May 13, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXII(19):1065-1066. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450460049016

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Once in a while the newspapers take a commonsense view of medical affairs. Referring to a recent verdict in the courts of Chicago, which has been mentioned in these columns, the Columbus, Ohio, Press-Post editorially makes the following just comments: " The allegations of the petition filed against the surgeons who used the Röntgen ray were that the ray set up decomposition in the tissues through which it passed. In the face of a strong array of witnesses— scientific men—who declared that the result in the case was the direct development of disease in the ankle prior to the use of the Rontgen ray, and that so far as known definitely the new light never had such deleterious effect on the tissues of the human body, the jury awarded the plaintiff $10,000 damages. This verdict is the decision of men who are not scientists and is against the weight of evidence

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