JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
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
ACTINOTHERAPY IN CUTANEOUS MEDICINE—A PRELIMINARY COMMUNICATION.. JAMA. 2001;286(1):16. doi:10.1001/jama.286.1.16