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February 1977

Official Objections to Radiotherapy

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Springfield, Ill

Arch Dermatol. 1977;113(2):232. doi:10.1001/archderm.1977.01640020104017

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To the Editor.—  I am attempting to gather data for the Task Force on Ionizing Radiation of the NPD, and appreciate your allowing me space in the Archives of Dermatology to do so.For what may be the first time, an officially constituted Peer Review Committee representing the Foundation for Medical Care of Central Illinois, and acting as the peer review authority for two medium-sized insurance plans in central Illinois, has determined that dermatologic radiotherapy for the treatment of benign disease (including Grenz ray) is not acceptable medical practice, and that, therefore, such treatments would not be approved for payment.Certainly, as practicing dermatologists, we are all aware that certain benign diseases continue to be treated with x-ray by, if not a majority of dermatologists, at least a significant percentage of dermatologists both in private practice and in the academic sphere.Pending the report of the "Committee to Review the

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