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Re: X-ray Acne Treatment
Sept 18, 1997
On the acne radiation thread, I had personal experience as a
teenager in Montreal during the early 50's where I was given
radiation therapy for acne by a dermatologist. Its hard to say if it
worked because some other therapies were given concurrently including
a special soap to reduce skin oils and dry ice, which led to
hyperemia and felt good at the time. The only thing that I have
noted during the ensuing 45 years since is some reduced beard
growth on the cheeks.
Mike Quastel MD PhD
On Thu, 18 Sep 1997, Bernard L Cohen wrote:
> This was a common treatment around 1920 or so, and many non-lethal
> skin cancers resulted in later years. This is based on discussions with my
> uncle who was one of the "victims".
> On Tue, 16 Sep 1997 email@example.com wrote:
> > Good morning,
> > Have any of you ever heard of using X-rays for the treatment of acne? One of
> > our workers has described getting such treatment in the 60's. His description
> > of the procedure sounds like a UV Treatment, which was common, but certain
> > aspects of his recollections would be consistent with X-ray treatment (lead
> > apron drapes, a "cone shaped" irradiator, etc.).
> > If such treatment was done, do you have any estimates of the doses (or dose
> > rates) involved?
> > Jim Barnes, CHP
> > Radiation Safety Officer
> > Rocketdyne Division; Boeing North American