That the rays of the sun exerted an especially favorable influence on wounds and particularly on tuberculous diseases of the extremities was announced by Bernhard in 1902. His original application of this method of treatment consisted simply in the exposure of the affected parts to the sun's rays. The application of this method to the whole body and its popularization are to be credited to Rollier, who established his clinic at Leysin, Switzerland, in 1903. As the result of the remarkable cures which he was able to show, and in consequence of the appearance of his book in 1915, the treatment of surgical tuberculosis by heliotherapy has been the subject of much discussion by the medical profession. It may be said that the point has been reached at which any defense of the value of this method in tuberculosis of the bones and joints may be considered a matter of
FREIBERG AH. HELIOTHERAPY AT LOW ALTITUDES: ITS SIGNIFICANCE AND TECHNIC. JAMA. 1926;86(11):731–735. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670370001001
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