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March 1956


AMA Arch Derm. 1956;73(3):271. doi:10.1001/archderm.1956.01550030068011

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To the Editor: It is regrettable that Dr. W. Edward Chamberlain publicly threw barbs at dermatologists. Such remarks serve only to discredit the entire medical profession.

Whereas acne vulgaris formerly was treated by x-rays, today satisfactory control frequently may be achieved by other means. Nevertheless, there are still some cases of acne in which x-ray therapy is beneficial after all other methods of treatment have failed.

Keloids, when young, are still best treated by radiation; and when surgery is used, it is followed by radiotherapy.

Treatment of plantar warts by x-ray, in selected cases, should not be condemned, assuming that the x-ray technique advocated by the "top men" in dermatology is used.

It is still our considered opinion that the best way to treat simple and cavernous hemangiomas is by radiation therapy. Our present technic of radium application has been used for the past twenty years. No unfavorable sequelae to

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