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August 19, 1933

The Physiological Effects of Radiant Energy.

JAMA. 1933;101(8):628. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740330060034

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This is a noteworthy addition to the excellent volumes known as the American Chemical Society Monograph Series. During the past quarter of a century a number of researches concerning the physical and biologic properties of radiant energy, as well as therapeutic applications of ultraviolet radiations (quartz mercury lamps and carbon arcs), in particular, have appeared in a variety of publications both in this country and abroad. Recent treatises on "light biology" or "photobiology" (such as those by Pincussen and Plotnikow) have appeared in German and have not been translated into English. Laurens has rendered a distinct service to that portion of the English-reading scientific world interested in the physical, physiologic and therapeutic properties of radiant energy, for he has covered this important field in encyclopedic fashion. The book will be welcomed by physiologists, biophysicists and biochemists, since it gives in outline, but with sufficient detail, the results of the trends

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