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Pediatrics in Art
October 1934

HELIOTHERAPY

Am J Dis Child. 1934;48(4):864-865. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1934.01960170154014

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Abstract

The modern use of sunlight as a cure and preventive of rickets and for invigorating the system is no new thing, as witness the charming family scene in which Ikhnaton and his wife, Nefteriti, are giving their three infant girls a sun bath. Owing to abundant sunlight, there was no rickets in ancient Egypt. Ikhnaton, before he changed his name, was Amenhotep IV of the Eighteenth Dynasty and ruled prior to about 1350 B. C., seventeen years in all, during which he threw out Ammon and all the old gods and became a sun worshiper. The illustration is a mute witness to the truth of the old saying of Solomon that under the sun there's nothing new. Ikhnaton was a sun worshiper for religious purposes, but two of the girls shown in the second illustration give witness to how the sun god blessed them. The picture is a bas-relief, a

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