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March 1926


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1926;13(3):344-351. doi:10.1001/archderm.1926.02370150046005

In the early days of radium therapy, a colleague who attended a demonstration showing the curative properties of radium in small epitheliomas remarked that he could accomplish the same results with his sharpened finger-nail and a drop of acid. His statement remained unchallenged. Nevertheless, some of those who heard what he said no doubt made some mental reservations as to the wisdom of his contention. An epithelioma of the skin can be cured by a dozen different methods, all of them good ones; a patch of lupus might be destroyed in a variety of ways, ranging from the application of an acid or an ointment to the scalpel of the surgeon. The dermatologist is fortunate in having at his disposal several modes of attack in many different lesions of the skin and mucosae, enabling him to make a judicious choice of treatment for a given lesion. In making this choice

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