The treatment of the eruptive fevers by red light is no new proceeding, as there is some evidence that the Chinese and also some European nations employed it centuries ago. That they applied the treatment in the form now suggested seems doubtful, and there is evidence that they neglected to exclude ordinary light from the sick room, and that the hanging of the room with red draperies, and sometimes wrapping the limbs in red cloths, constituted the red light treatment of early days. Toward the end of the last century the work of Finsen put the matter on a scientific basis, and renewed the interest in this form of treatment. The philosophy of the treatment is based on the well-known fact that the so-called chemical rays in light, the blue, violet and ultraviolet, are capable of setting up inflammation in the healthy skin, and therefore are certain to aggravate the
THE RED LIGHT TREATMENT OF SCARLET FEVER. JAMA. 1905;XLV(11):793. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510110049007
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