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August 13, 1910

Light Therapeutics.

JAMA. 1910;55(7):616. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330070070034

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The title of this book is misleading, because the work is not on phototherapy at all but on thermotherapy as administered by the electric-light bath or reflected electric light. It practically does not consider phototherapy, in the established sense as applied to the method of use of actinic light and as the method was worked out by Finsen and his followers. This misleading title is merely an oversight, however, for the author says in the first sentences of his preface: "The work does not profess to be an exhaustive treatise on the subject of light therapy. It is intended rather to serve as a practical manual for the clinical use of the electric-light bath in its various forms . . ." He considers at length the physiologic and therapeutic effects of radiant heat from intensely luminous sources of high temperature and this part of the work is ingenious and interesting. He makes out

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