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March 1950

ROENTGEN RAYS IN TREATMENT OF CUTANEOUS DISEASES: Limitations and Contraindications to Their Use

Author Affiliations

Clinical Professor of Dermatology Emeritus, Harvard Medical School BOSTON

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1950;61(3):426-432. doi:10.1001/archderm.1950.01530100070009

IT IS OF some significance that this symposium opens with the subject of limitations and contraindications to roentgen ray therapy. The accumulated clinical experience of years has furnished sufficient evidence to indicate the prime importance of the subject in the everyday use of roentgen ray therapy in cutaneous disease. A recent editorial in The Journal of the American Medical Association1 emphasized very opportunely some of the risks and limitations of present-day roentgen ray therapy of cutaneous lesions. Much has been written on the value of roentgen ray treatment in various diseases, but much less attention has been given to contraindications to its use. It is essential, in my opinion, that in the curriculum of roentgen ray therapy training at least as much emphasis should be placed on the contraindications to treatment and the limitations of this method of therapy as on its value. More time should be assigned in

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