How Radiotherapy Was Historically Used To Treat Pneumonia: Could It Be Useful Today?

@inproceedings{Calabrese2013HowRW,
  title={How Radiotherapy Was Historically Used To Treat Pneumonia: Could It
Be Useful Today?},
  author={Edward J. Calabrese and G D Puri S Dhawan},
  booktitle={The Yale journal of biology and medicine},
  year={2013}
}
X-ray therapy was used to treat pneumonia during the first half of the 20th century. Fifteen studies report that approximately 700 cases of bacterial (lobar and bronchopneumonia), sulfanilamide non-responsive, interstitial, and atypical pneumonia were effectively treated by low doses of X-rays, leading to disease resolution, based on clinical symptoms, objective disease biomarkers, and mortality incidence. The capacity of the X-ray treatment to reduce mortality was similar to serum therapy and… CONTINUE READING