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Title: The treatment of lupus vulgaris by the Röntgen rays
Author: Gilruth, James Davie
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1904
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In December, 1890, Professor Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen gave to the Wurzburg Physico-Medical Society, and to the whole world, a paper entitled, "A new form of Radiation", which was destined to mark the commencement of a new era in skin-therapeutics. For although the reactions of this new influence on healthy and diseased skin were not understood until some time after Rontgen's discovery, the work done by that eminent scientist laid the foundation of future valuable research. Numberless troublesome skin diseases have been treated more or less successfu}ly by this method. The irradiation treatment is now a recognised one in such affections as Lupus Vulgaris, Sucosis Menti, Hypertrychosis, and Favus, while in many other kinds of skin trouble, such as Eczema, Psoriasis, Carcinoma of the skin, Lupus Erythematosus, and so on, great benefit has been known to result from the use of the rays. We are concerned in this paper only with the effects produced in cases of Lupus Vulgaris, and it may be said at once that an endeavour has been made to limit the scope of the discussion to this form of skin disease as much as possible, because the area of subject matter is extensive enough for handling in a paper of these dimensions. The following distribution of material may not be most perfect one, but it is obviously difficult to bring a vast number of facts into any conformity, unless such or a similar method be employed. It has been my intention to state the various details, firstly as observed by myself and secondly as written by others, as clearly, concisely, and truthfully, as possible, knowing full well the many difficulties entailed. We propose, then, to deal with our subject under the following headings: 1. A brief account of the Apparatus used by the author of this paper during the last four and a half years for Röntgen photography, and to a limited extent also for Radio-therapeutics. 2. The history of a Case of Lupus Vulgaris, treated by the X-rays, with a short description of the technique employed. 3. A historical record of the earlier papers on the subject of the treatment of Lupus by these means. 4. An analytical and critical exposition of the most important work of foreign and British authorities dealing with the same. 5. A note on the histological researches regarding tissues treated therapeutically by these means.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (M.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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