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August 17, 1907

THE PRESENT STATUS OF PHOTOTHERAPY.

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PHILADELPHIA.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(7):543-550. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320070013002a
Abstract

Since the epoch-making researches of Finsen, light therapy has been accorded an established place in the treatment of disease. Finsen and his disciples have conclusively proved the value of this agent in the cure of one of the most disfiguring and distressing of cutaneous maladies—lupus vulgaris. Not every patient with lupus vulgaris can be cured by phototherapy, but this treatment produces a larger number of successes and effects better cosmetic results than any other known procedure. The best results are obtained when all of the details of treatment are carried out in accordance with the teachings of Finsen. In the light institute of Copenhagen, which city has become the mecca of lupus patients, better results are obtained than elsewhere by reason of the skill of the physicians and the experience of the nurses. Treatment with the high power (50 to 80 amperes) Finsen are lamps is not at all adapted

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