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September 1933


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1933;28(3):397-398. doi:10.1001/archderm.1933.01460030091010

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There is an editorial in the American Journal of Cancer, February, 1933, on the position of the radiologist and radiotherapeutist in the hospital scheme. In its plea for better positions for radiologists in hospitals, the editorial makes the point that radiologists should be trained in clinical medicine and pathology; about this there can be no argument. It would be well for the radiologist to know all medicine, surgery and pathology. But, is there any chance that he will? Will he do more than become an expert in his own field who must use the knowledge of specialists in other fields, unless he is to remain a "switch-twister," to use the phrase of the editorial? The editorial makes three divisions of radiology: (1) radiography, primarily concerned with diagnosis; (2) high voltage therapy, "which is predominantly part of surgical treatment" (why the therapy of leukemia or Hodgkin's disease, for example, is surgical

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