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July 1938

EFFECTS OF ROENTGEN RAYS ON FUNGI IN VITRO

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LOS ANGELES

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1938;38(1):38-48. doi:10.1001/archderm.1938.01480130041006
Abstract

The purpose of this communication is to record certain observed effects of roentgen rays on a group of representative pathogenic fungi. The reason for this study was a desire to determine, if possible, the effect of roentgen radiation on the organisms and to correlate the results with the successful therapy so often achieved in the treatment of fungous infections by irradiation.

EXPERIMENTAL MATERIAL  The material used in this investigation consisted of ten different organisms, representing the three major groups of pathogenic fungi1 which seem to be the most common culprits in certain mycoses. They were: Epidermophyton inter- Monilia Trichophyton violaceum digitale Cryptococcus Epidermophyton inguinale Achorion schoenleinii Actinomyces Aspergillus niger Microsporon felineum Coccidioides immitis

SOURCE OF RADIATION  The source of radiation employed was a standard Wappler 12 inch (30 cm.) Bellevue model roentgen ray machine and a standard broad focus Coolidge tube. The latter was operated at 80 kilovolts, 3

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