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February 1963


Arch Dermatol. 1963;87(2):282-283. doi:10.1001/archderm.1963.01590140144029

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Ervin Epstein and his colleagues have produced a polemical monograph to indicate that radiodermatitis is not as great a problem universally as one would suppose.

The coverage of this presentation is wide. It includes sections on the history and outlook of radiodermatitis, etiology, clinical picture, histopathology, diagnosis of radiodermatitis; prognosis, treatment, and special aspects (effects of small doses of radiation; sources of occupation exposure to "ionizing radiation") by Jean S. Felton; x-ray therapy, and malpractice written by a dermatologist, Rees B. Rees, and 2 attorneys, Salvatore Bossio and Howard Hassard. Each section is well illustrated and documented by suitable references. The diagrams on radioisotopes are interesting as well as instructive, and the tabulation of occupations, events, and skin damage (pp. 152-155) is of great value. The section on histopathology of radiodermatitis is well done. The portion dealing with diagnosis is capital and well illustrates the circumstantial aspects of many diagnoses

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