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January 13, 1934

Current Comment

JAMA. 1934;102(2):135. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750020047017

ULTRAVIOLET THERAPY IN ORAL DISEASES  Because the promotional material for ultraviolet radiation apparatus includes odontologic claims as well as therapeutic claims intended primarily for the attention of the physician, the Council on Physical Therapy asked the Council on Dental Therapeutics of the American Dental Association to cooperate in the investigation of this form of therapy. After careful study, the Council on Dental Therapeutics reported that many of the claims were greatly exaggerated and that the evidence referred to in the promotional literature did not justify the dental profession in adopting ultraviolet radiation as a useful therapeutic agent. Furthermore, the dental council recommended that it was not wise for the dental profession to employ this treatment until more convincing evidence had been presented by the promoters and the enthusiasts to substantiate the claims made. In this issue of The Journal an abstract of the report mentioned appears in the columns of

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