The honor of opening the discussion on the roentgen ray before this association is one that is greatly appreciated.
Conrad Roentgen made his great discovery in 1895. That this discovery has been of inestimable value to medicine and surgery, there can be no doubt. That it has been of the greatest value to dermatology in particular, I shall try to substantiate.
The early therapeutic results obtained by the use of the roentgen ray were hailed with enthusiasm. It gradually became apparent, however, that this new agent was by no means devoid of danger. Its indiscriminate use caused many disastrous results, and its reputation suffered accordingly. Since the introduction of modern apparatus and technic and especially during the past few years, a renewed interest has been aroused in the use of this notable remedy.
The early results of roentgenotherapy were unsatisfactory because of the inability with the available apparatus (gas tubes,
FOX H. THE ROENTGEN RAY IN THE TREATMENT OF SKIN DISEASES. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1924;9(1):13–37. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/archderm.1924.02360190016002
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