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November 1944

Radiation and Climatic Therapy of Chronic Pulmonary Diseases.

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By Edgar Mayer, F.A.C.P., F.A.C.C.P. Price, $5.00. Pp. 393, with illustrations. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins Company, 1944.

Am J Dis Child. 1944;68(5):361. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1944.02020110062015

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Abstract

The editor, Dr. Mayer, and twenty-two collaborators participated in writing this book. It is divided into five sections, which deal successively with (1) the physics, physiologic action and sources of light; (2) the artificial light therapy of different clinical forms of tuberculosis; (3) the effects of climate, weather, altitude and solar radiation on tuberculosis and other pulmonary diseases; (4) the roentgen treatment of intrathoracic tumors and of tuberculosis of different organs and parts of the body, and (5) the surgical versus the conservative therapy of tuberculosis of bones and joints.

The book presents a thorough and conservative evaluation of the indications, contraindications, limitations, beneficial effects and possible harmful effects of radiation and climatic therapy. This evaluation of climate and radiation as adjuvants to other therapeutic measures represents deductions based on the wide clinical experience of the various authors and on their familiarity with the literature. The book contains more than

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