May 8, 1926

Ultra-Violet Rays in the Treatment and Cure of Disease.

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By Percy Hall, M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P. With introductions by Sir Henry Gauvain, M.A., M.D., M.C., Medical Superintendent, Lord Mayor Treloar Cripples' Hospitals, and Leonard E. Hill, M.B., F.R.S., Director, Department of Applied Physiology and Hygiene, National Institute of Medical Research, London. Cloth. Price, $3.75. Pp. 110, with illustrations. St. Louis: C. V. Mosby Company, 1924.

JAMA. 1926;86(19):1474. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670450066031

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Among the numerous publications springing from the present interest in actinotherapy, some are justified by their broad and comprehensive presentation of the subject as a whole, others by the indisputable experimental or clinical evidence of some important phase in this field of therapy. Hall's work is an incomplete and rather unconvincing presentation of some of the clinical aspects of ultraviolet therapy. After not less than four prefaces, chapters dealing with sunlight, heliotherapy, artificial light and ultraviolet radiation furnish a fairly comprehensive but much too brief presentation of the physics and physiologic action of ultraviolet energy. The chapter on artificial light especially lacks critical presentation of the subject, and its illustrations include at least one obsolete type of lamp, the "leucodescent" one. The chapters on the sources of ultraviolet rays are laudable for calling attention to the tungsten arc lamp, for this type of ultraviolet radiation has a distinctly high place

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