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October 1974

Dermatologische Röntgentherapie

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Springfield, Mass

Arch Dermatol. 1974;110(4):649. doi:10.1001/archderm.1974.01630100093042

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The manual by Braun-Falco and Lukacs deals with the uses of x-ray therapy in dermatology. This modality still occupies an important place in German treatment of dermatoses. According to directions for graduate dermatologic education in Germany, the trainee must spend half a year in the field of dermatologic x-ray therapy in order to become proficient in its practical use.

This manual provides a complete and concise description of dermatologic x-ray therapy, with main headings on x-ray physics, applied to dermatology; biology of radiation; x-ray therapy for dermatoses, benign and malignant tumors; indirect radiation methods, such as total body radiation and teleroentgentherapy; and radiation protection.

Throughout the presentation of x-ray usage for the individual disease entities it is made clear when x-ray therapy is indicated and when other methods are preferred because they are more beneficial.

On page 150, the authors state that contrary to American standards, German dermatologists limit x-ray

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