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September 1937


Author Affiliations

From the Northwestern University Medical School and the Cook County Hospital.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1937;26(3):327-335. doi:10.1001/archotol.1937.00650020355010

Much has been written in the past thirteen years on irradiation therapy of infections, yet little has appeared in the literature of otolaryngology. In some hospitals such treatment is almost routine, but some physicians have had no experience with it. Even some radiologists are skeptical of its value, though most writers are enthusiastic. Most recent reports agree that with a fairly uniform technic and with small dosage irradiation is an important adjunct to other forms of treatment and for some types of infection of the ear and throat may even supplant the accepted measures.

One author1 stated that over four hundred diseases are benefited by irradiation, and there have been reports of cures of as widely differing conditions as arthritis, meningitis, pelvic peritonitis and bronchiectasis.2

One may question some of the reports concerning the value of irradiation, as it is easy on the one hand to color the picture in