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Some Effects of the X-Rays on the Hands

Nature volume 54, page 621 | Download Citation



AT the request of the editor of NATURE, I append the following description, compiled from notes, of the effect of repeated exposure of the hands to the X-rays. The result, though perhaps interesting from a medical and scientific point of view, has been most unpleasant and inconvenient to myself—the patient—and although my theories may be incorrect, and my conclusions easy to demolish, there is no mistaking the fact that the X-rays are quite capable of inflicting such injury upon the hands as to render them almost useless for a time, and to leave in doubt their ultimate condition when entirely freed from frequent daily exposure to their influence.

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  1. X-Rays Syndicate, Indian Exhibition, Earl's Court, London.

    • S. J. R.


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