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October 21, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(17):1339. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740420059033

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This small volume is a condensed discussion of the clinical value of heliotherapy, being one of three dealing with actinotherapy. It discusses in six chapters the therapeutic application of heliotherapy in selected conditions on the basis of its physiologic effects. Beginning with a brief review of the physical nature of the solar spectrum, the book takes up the theories of light and radiation, the effect of light absorption by various atmospheric filters, and the methods used for its detection and measurement. These physical expositions are followed by a consideration of the technic utilized by the author and other authorities in various disorders, with particular reference to the combined values of open air and sunlight and their photochemical and physical properties influencing living organisms. Nudism is accepted by the author as a physiologic means of securing the full benefit of open air and sunshine and rejected as a fad with pornographic

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