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June 1956

A STUDY OF LATE RADIATION NECROSIS FOLLOWING THERAPY OF SKIN CANCER

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AMA Arch Derm. 1956;73(6):587. doi:10.1001/archderm.1956.01550060057012

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January 2, 1956

To the Editor: Dr. Traenkle's "Study of Late Radiation Necrosis Following Therapy of Skin Cancer," published in the Archives for November, 1955, is a careful and thorough analysis of a significant material. The value of so bady needed a study should not remain impaired by a basic inaccuracy.

The statement, "It is well known that tissue tolerance for roentgen rays is lowered with increase in the area irradiated," is incorrect. Under ordinary clinical conditions, the tolerance of tissue for radiation (Kulwin, M. H., and Buley, H. M.: Radiobiologic Mechanisms in the Skin, A. M. A. Arch. Dermat. & Syph.70:417-425, 1954) in an individual should not vary significantly. On the other hand, the tissue dose of x-rays increases (Glasser, O.; Quimby, E. H.; Taylor, L. S., and Weatherwax, J. L.: Physical Foundations of Radiology, Ed. 2, New York, Paul B. Hoeber, Inc., 1952) as the area

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