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June 1933

INFLUENCE OF GRENZ RAYS ON PATHOGENIC FUNGI IN SKIN MATERIAL

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1933;27(6):953-955. doi:10.1001/archderm.1933.01450040963005
Abstract

Grenz rays are now widely used in the treatment of many dermatoses, including fungous diseases of the skin, for which the results obtained are usually even better than with x-rays. Since grenz rays are absorbed almost entirely by the superficial layer of the skin, just where fungi are found, it is logical to expect that such a type of radiation will influence fungous cells to a greater extent than more penetrative x-rays. Bucky1 reported that of eighty-five cases of dermatophytosis in which grenz rays were used only 5 per cent showed a recurrence. In cases of tinea corporis also these rays proved effective, and in a few patients with tinea capitis the results in Bucky's experience were good even though epilation did not take place. Dorne and Cleveland White2 treated fifty-two patients with superficial fungous infections of the skin with grenz rays and found that the infections

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