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June 1935


Am J Dis Child. 1935;49(6):1472-1486. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1935.01970060076007

The value of the roentgen ray in acute cervical adenitis is questioned by many. Curiously, those least acquainted with the procedure are the ones most doubtful of its efficacy. This situation is probably due to the association of the use of roentgen rays with the treatment of malignant and allied diseases, in which failures are apt to be common, to the paucity of references to this subject in the American literature and, finally, to the innate fear of members of the medical profession of the employment of irradiation in any malady less morbid than a malignant process. It is the purpose of this paper to report results with this form of therapy in acute cervical adenitis, in the hope, thereby, of encouraging other workers to record their experiences. Proper evaluation of this mode of treatment will then be possible.

Many practitioners are of the opinion that in the management of

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