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May 22, 1937

Therapeutic Uses of Infra-Red Rays With a Chapter on the Treatment of Sinusitis by Radiotherapy

JAMA. 1937;108(21):1827. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780210067029

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This small textbook consists of a description of the therapeutics of infra-red rays and describes sources, methods of detection, indications and technic of application. There are chapters on the combined use of infra-red and ultraviolet rays, the treatment of "acutely painful conditions," the treatment of "rheumatism and allied conditions," rheumatoid arthritis, sinusitis, paresis, sprains, and long standing infections. While the book presents much valuable information on infra-red radiation and purports to serve as a plea for greater use of this valuable therapeutic agent, there is an unfortunate tendency in it toward exaggeration and an acceptance of conjecture as fact which may defeat this purpose. Such statements as the following are certain to be questioned: that infra-red radiation is "certain to give immediate relief" in the treatment of neuralgia; that infra-red radiation relieves pain "by liberating the nerve endings which have been caught up in the abnormal deposits"; that the use

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