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JAMA 100 Years Ago
June 7, 2000

Treatment of Measles with Red Light.

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JenniferReiling, Editorial Assistant

JAMA. 2000;283(21):2765. doi:10.1001/jama.283.21.2765

THE JOURNAL has referred to Chatinière's announcement that red light has an abortive influence on measles (vol. xxxi, p. 1129). In Presse Med. of April 28, he reports nine more cases treated exclusively with this phototherapy; the windows covered with red curtains and the room lighted at night with a photographer's red lantern. In each case the disease was unmistakably aborted. The eruption disappeared in six hours in most instances; fever, laryngeal and bronchial manifestations were promptly attenuated, and patients had recovered and were allowed to go out of doors by the third to fifth day after the first manifestations of the disease. The eruption disappeared first on the regions exposed to the light. He suggests that the effect may be due to the reinforcing of the natural powers of the organism by the action of the red light. He has noted marked nervous phenomena in workmen employed in making photographic plates by red light. Some neurologists claim that red is force-producing. It is a custom in the Caucasus to dress the children in red garments in case of eruptive disease, especially measles.

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