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November 12, 1927

Ultra-Violet Radiation and Actinotherapy.

JAMA. 1927;89(20):1715. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690200067036

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This book contains an excellent chapter on the history of ultraviolet therapy and another on natural ultraviolet radiation. Several chapters are devoted to the description of carbon, tungsten and iron arc lamps and the quartz mercury vapor lamps. These chapters have little interest for the American physician, as they deal mostly with lamps that are used only in Europe. The technic given is complete and useful, but this is followed by many pages devoted to listing apparently all diseases in which ultraviolet radiation has at any time been used. Some of the statements made are, to say the least, startling. For instance: "Sterility. Certain cases are cured by ultraviolet treatment"; and "Paralysis Agitans. We have had an opportunity of treating two cases of paralysis agitans with ultraviolet radiation and diathermy. There has been very marked improvement in one case and slight improvement in the other." These and other remarks on

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