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With the advent of the roentgen rays as a therapeutic agent in medicine, a new, troublesome dermatologic condition came into existence. I am referring to the roentgen-ray atrophy of the skin, with its accompanying pigmentation and telangiectasia. With the present knowledge and better technic, it is to be hoped that these cases will occur with less frequency in the future than they do at present. However, there will always be enough of them to worry the dermatologist as long as the roentgen rays are used by the advertising quack and chiropractor. A case recently presented at the dermatologic section of the Academy of Medicine illustrates what is taking place. The patient was treated for hypertrichosis, and received no less than fifty roentgen-ray exposures, with the result that the skin of the entire face became atrophic and covered with telangiectasia.
The treatment of this condition, as well as telangiectasia from other