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March 1956


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San Antonio, Texas

AMA Arch Derm. 1956;73(3):270. doi:10.1001/archderm.1956.01550030068009

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To the Editor: Dr. Chamberlain's press interview in Sept. 22 Chicago newspapers, and his answer to your inquiry opens up a wide field of argument; and it should not go unanswered.

Evidently Dr. Chamberlain does not keep up very well with dermatological progress, or has been misinformed by some of the "top men" in dermatology. Dermatologists have been aware of late sequelae from improper x-ray exposure of benign conditions for years, long before radiologists recognized the incipient nature of late radiation atrophy and telangiectasia.

No group of doctors are more careful in limiting x-ray treatments to benign conditions, and they are better able to recognize the indications for, and the limitations of x-ray therapy.

By their training in the nature of radiation, and its biochemical effects, by their clinical studies, and knowledge of skin histopathology they are better diagnosticians than radiologists and therefore, are better able to prescribe

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