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April 11, 1925

IRRADIATED FOODS AND IRRADIATED ORGANIC COMPOUNDS: THERAPEUTIC POSSIBILITIES

Author Affiliations

Professor of Agricultural Chemistry, University of Wisconsin MADISON, WIS.; Research Professor, Pediatric Department, State University of Iowa IOWA CITY

JAMA. 1925;84(15):1093-1097. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660410001001
Abstract

The inference that rickets in the child can be cured by exposure to the elements, particularly of the seashore and high altitudes, is far from being of recent date; but it is to the observations of Huldschinsky,1 in 1919, that we owe the definite incontestible laboratory demonstration that it is light which is the specific curative agent. As a result, heliotherapy or, more specifically, actinotherapy, is gaining for itself a position in the physician's armamentarium that should have been its own long ago.

Hand in hand with the recognition of light as an important therapeutic agent there has developed a growing conviction that cod liver oil represents a remedial agent of such efficacy in the treatment of rickets that it, too, was credited with being a specific in the treatment of this disease. As a matter of fact, cod liver oil has been used almost from time immemorial by

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