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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 mail15077@pop.net 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
> > 
> >