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JAMA 100 Years Ago
July 4, 2001

ACTINOTHERAPY IN CUTANEOUS MEDICINE—A PRELIMINARY COMMUNICATION.

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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2001;286(1):16. doi:10.1001/jama.286.1.16

WILLIAM S. GOTTHEIL, M.D.

NEW YORK CITY.

The employment of light as a therapeutic agent is no new thing in medicine. The best term to employ for the treatment in general is Phototherapy. The use of that especial form, the discovery of which has immortalized the name of Roentgen, is generally known as Radiotherapy. Actinotherapy seems to be the most suitable designation for the employment of the ordinary sun or arc light, or portions of their rays. It is to this latter that I desire to call attention.

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