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April 1927

IS RADIUM A CURE FOR CANCER OF THE LARYNX?AN INQUIRY BASED ON A STUDY OF THE END-RESULTS

Arch Otolaryngol. 1927;5(4):301-308. doi:10.1001/archotol.1927.00600010323001
Abstract

No subject is of greater interest to laryngologists than the treatment of cancer. It might be called the vital question of the day when it is borne in mind that death from cancer is exceedingly painful and that the number of cases is steadily increasing. A judicial, unbiased inquiry into any possible form of cure is always desirable.

In April, 1921, I read a short article on "Radium in Cancer of the Larynx with particular reference to the Dosage and the Dangers in its Employment" before the Section of Laryngology of the New York Academy of Medicine. In it an attempt was made to point out the seriousness of the cancer situation. This situation was made more serious by the injudicious and extravagant claims put forward in behalf of radium, at that time a comparatively new remedy for this disease. As a result, both the public and physicians often tried

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