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February 21, 1903


Author Affiliations

Professor of Dermatology, New York Post-Graduate Medical School; Consulting Dermatologist to the Randall's Island Hospitals; Consulting Genito-Urinary Surgeon to the City Hospital, Etc. NEW YORK CITY.

JAMA. 1903;XL(8):508-510. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490080023002g

Of all the recent advances in the treatment of skin diseases, none has attracted more widespread interest than that of phototherapy. The treatment by light, while not strictly a novelty, has received such an impetus since Finsen first brought out his treatment of small-pox by red light, that actinotherapy, as well as the more recent radiotherapy, can almost be considered a method introducing a new era in the therapy of many affections. While the reports from the application of the Finsen method abroad appear most encouraging, comparatively little of a positive nature is to be reported from this side of the Atlantic. Radiotherapy, on the other hand, although of much more recent development, has advanced with such rapid strides that already sufficient reports are available to justify certain definite conclusions. I can not attempt here to collect statistics from the scattered literature, but must content myself with a brief report

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