While the use of x-rays to treat patients with gas gangrene ended in the early 1940’s with the advent of antibiotics, x-ray had been widely accepted as a useful and highly effective treatment for this condition. The present paper re-assesses the historical foundations of this belief, the quality of the data, use of confirmatory animal models, and underlying mechanisms that might account for the therapeutic role of x-rays in the treatment of gas gangrene.
Calabrese, Edward J. and Dhawan, Gaurav
"THE ROLE OF X-RAYS IN THE TREATMENT OF GAS GANGRENE: A HISTORICAL ASSESSMENT,"
Dose-Response: An International Journal:
4, Article 16.
Available at: http://scholarworks.umass.edu/dose_response/vol10/iss4/16