The booklet serves as a short, concise handbook of reference regarding the indications and usage of radium in medicine. A short résumé of the discovery of radium and of its physical and chemical properties is given. The decay of radium and its emanation are explained, and filtration principles with various types of radium applicators are illustrated and explained.
The biologic response of skin, muscle, tendon, cartilage, bone, nervous tissue and the blood to the action of the rays from radium is reported.
Indications and technic of treatment in gout, rheumatism, neuritis, blood dyscrasias and chronic suppuration by inhalations of emanation and by drinking and bathing in radio-active waters are given, and the radium content of the waters of various popular German watering places is included.
Types of lesions of the skin amenable to the action of radium are briefly discussed; for deeper tumors, the importance of combined surgery and radium