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September 1935

EFFECT OF CARBON ARC RADIATION ON HEALING OF BONE

Author Affiliations

NEW ORLEANS
From the Laboratory of Physiology, School of Medicine, Tulane University of Louisiana.

Arch Surg. 1935;31(3):395-418. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1935.01180150052005
Abstract

The remarkable advances made during the past decade demonstrating the rôle of ultraviolet energy in metabolism, the activation of inert substances and the relationship between ultraviolet rays and vitamin D have fired the enthusiasm of the public and furnished a fertile field for the researches of today and tomorrow. As in the case of many other scientific discoveries, however, commercialism and quackery, by incessantly instructing the laity that radiation, either by way of artificial sources or by the consumption of irradiated products, will cure all ills, have built up a false conception of its real value. To be unduly optimistic concerning the value of radiant energy in the treatment of disease, employing it to the exclusion of a hygienic-dietary régime, and to regard light as a therapia magna, are bound to bring discouragement.1 Sunlight or artificial radiant energy will not cure, it is not a specific form of treatment,

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