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May 1939

The Construction of Vulcanite Applicators for Applying Radium to Lesions of the Buccal Cavity, Lips, Orbit and Antrum.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1939;63(5):1015. doi:10.1001/archinte.1939.00180220205019

This monograph does not pretend to do more than discuss the technic for the preparation of radium applicators to be used in and about the mouth. It is taken for granted that the application of a radium pack has been chosen as the method of treatment and that the actual dose to be used has been prescribed by the radiotherapist.

If one is tempted to criticize the author's methods as unduly elaborate, one need only reflect that the proper geometric arrangement and fixation of radium applicators is a prime factor on which success or failure in the cure of cancer may often rest. One cannot be too meticulous in this regard. The construction of accurate models also provides permanent records of original lesions which may prove invaluable.

The author rightfully stresses the great importance of spacing in the protection of normal structures and recommends the use of lead for further

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