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July 1969

Ultrasoft X-rays

Arch Dermatol. 1969;100(1):126. doi:10.1001/archderm.1969.01610250132045

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The author has carried out an extensive review of the literature concerned with Grenz ray therapy. This includes the history of its development and the controversies which came with its application to therapy particularly in the field of dermatology. Early uncritical claims made by pioneers in this field did much to mask the real value and relative safety of soft radiation. The attitudes of contention served to block the introduction of this modality in many areas for a full generation.

This monograph is critically written but is largely devoted to defending and evaluating the work of a true pioneer in the field, Dr. Gustav Bucky. For those who have used Grenz ray therapy and who have an adequate knowledge of radiation physics and dermatologic therapy it will be an interesting and profitable review. Though the book is small it is not a compendium primarily designed to acquaint the neophyte with

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