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April 3, 1920


JAMA. 1920;74(14):944-947. doi:10.1001/jama.1920.02620140018006

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In the spring of 1919, a new method of applying heliotherapy by means of a lens was called to my attention by Mrs. Edward C. Post of Newport, in whose sanatorium at Porsmeur, Morlaix, Brittany, it had been used. The lens had been called to her attention by M. de Thézac, and was put into practical use at the sanatorium by Miss Helen Whidden, the trained nurse in charge of the day camps, who was familiar with the Rollier and Malgat methods of sun treatment. Another treatment by a lens has been described by Artault.

In this paper I shall describe a series of carefully observed cases of chronic suppuration in the orthopedic service at the Children's Hospital, in which the treatment was by the Thézac-Porsmeur method. Miss Helen Whidden, who had charge of the treatment in France, was so good as to devote three months to the demonstration of

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