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January 1960

X-Rays vs. Other Modalities in the Treatment of Acne Vulgaris: A Review of One Thousand Two Hundred Sixty-Five Cases

Author Affiliations

San Francisco

AMA Arch Derm. 1960;81(1):103-109. doi:10.1001/archderm.1960.03730010107013

Since the advent of the atom bomb and the adverse publicity which it prompted, the effect of radiation on the human body continually presents itself in the mind of the patient when x-rays, radium, and even thorium X are to be used therapeutically.

Rather than fear radiotherapy, it is well for the patient to realize that x-rays and radioactive isotopes used in medicine for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes are for the benefit of mankind and as such are well controlled.

The antiradiation-minded person should be aware of the fact that mankind is exposed to ionizing radiation not only from medical and industrial procedures but mainly from natural sources, such as the cosmic rays, radiations from radioactive elements in the rocks and soil, from radioactive foods, luminous dials of watches, television sets, and from environmental contamination due to nuclear explosions.

Theories Pertaining to the Etiology of Acne Vulgaris  Daniel Turner1