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September 1949

The Treatment of Malignant Disease by Radium and X-Rays, Being a Practice of Radiotherapy.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1949;84(3):521-522. doi:10.1001/archinte.1949.00230030163013

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Dr. Paterson is Director of Therapeutic Radiology at the Christie Hospital and Holt Radium Institute in Manchester, England. In his introduction he says that the book is a "practice" of radiotherapy. It is indeed. One would hardly need any other textbook to become a gilt-edged practitioner of radiation therapy. He acknowledges help given by associates. Twelve of the 34 chapters were written by collaborators or with them, notably 55 pages on the breast and uterus by Margaret Tod and 50 pages on the biologic action of radiation by Edith Paterson. In a compactly written 18 pages he gives the notions of radiosensitivity and dosage that underlie the treatment policies of his institute, which are then laid out succinctly in 2 more chapters (27 pages). He denies qualitative superiority of one wavelength over another and will use radium or any kind of roentgen ray to get the irradiation to the tumor.

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