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July 12, 1952

Die Heliotherapie: Fünfundvierzigjährige Erfahrungen mit der Sonnenkur insbesondere bei der chirurgischen Tuberkulose

JAMA. 1952;149(11):1075. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930280097031

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The greater portion of the text discusses a program for the treatment of extrapulmonary tuberculosis patients. The therapeutic program outlined includes such subjects as high altitudes, bedrest, the treatment of the "psyche," wherein the arts and crafts are used for their diversional as well as therapeutic value, the use of splints on patients with musculoskeletal involvement, the use of exercises when indicated, the use of "new drugs as adjuncts to heliotherapy," such as sulfonamide, penicillin, streptomycin, and p-aminosalicylic acid, and the use of exposure to sunlight.

It is regrettable that the text so exaggerates and overemphasizes the value of heliotherapy in the treatment of disease, particularly tuberculosis. It is indicated in the chapter on the physiological and therapeutic role of the sun that "Air and sun baths develop the musculature of the adult and child harmoniously; prevent 'trophoneurotic' atrophy of muscle and muscular atrophy due to inactivity." Although the

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