My report will be comparatively brief, since the past year has not been marked by any very important changes or improvements in the actinotherapeutic method. The workers in the field are still few, and for obvious reasons. The apparatus required for its effective employment is, it must be confessed, large and expensive. It is essentially one forinstitution use; for the cost of installation, the room required, the length of time of treatment, and the restricted classes of patients for which it is useful, do not commendit to the general practitioner.
Nevertheless, in the cases for which it is suited it is pre-eminently useful; and this has been generally recognized in Europe, where all the larger cities now have special institutions for the Finsen light treatment. St. Petersburg, for instance, has no less than three,1 and through the bounty of the queen a very perfectly
GOTTHEIL WS. REPORT ON THE PROGRESS IN ACTINOTHERAPY DURING THE PAST YEAR. JAMA. 1905;XLIV(4):275–277. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.92500310019001c
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