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July 1931

Practical Radiation Therapy. By Ira I. Kaplan, B.S., M.D.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1931;24(1):169. doi:10.1001/archderm.1931.01450010174020

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In this book the treatments described are obviously the actual methods used by the author in his practice. He has a large experience, numbering about 2,000 cases annually, so that the book is a decidedly practical contribution. It has, however, a limited appeal to the dermatologist, for only about fifty pages are devoted to a consideration of conditions of the skin. The first third of the book is given to elementary principles: the history of the development of radiation, a description of the apparatus, the technic employed, a consideration of the applied x-ray physics and a chapter on dosages. The dermatologic conditions are then considered, and only the more common diseases are discussed. The list is not complete. Of the tineal infections, only ringworm of the scalp and beard is considered. Plantar warts are well treated; other types of warts are not considered, and conditions such as pyogenic granuloma,

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