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Radiation—Excision

Dan J. Kindel, MD; H. Jerry Lavender, MD; Alfred L. Weiner, MD
JAMA. 1964;188(7):693. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060330073026.
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To the Editor:—  The attention of the Cincinnati Dermatological Society, consisting of 45 diplomates of the American Board of Dermatology, has been directed to the news item, "Radiotherapy Belongs to History."The Society believes that the author's statements regarding poor results and recurrences following x-ray therapy for skin cancers are open to question. He also implies that dermatologists and radiotherapists are inadequate in the management of radiation therapy for carcinomas.He consigns radiotherapy to the scrap heap when radiotherapy itself is not to blame but rather the improper use of this modality in the treatment of skin cancers. The results that he quotes are certainly not substantiated by any statistical results that can be found in this country and certainly his estimate of 39% recurrent malignant lesions estimated by some workers is in no way comparable to the results of radiation therapy in this country, where the cure rate is

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