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August 23, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(8):432. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480340026002

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Since the discovery by Finsen that certain solar rays have decided therapeutic value in certain malignant affections (lupus, carcinoma) and a variety of inflammatory, benign affections, Minin of Russia has contributed a series of articles to contemporaneous literature pointing to the value of the ultra-violet rays in the above-named diseases. In fact the cures he reports in localized traumatic inflammations, in burns, inflammatory affections of the joints (arthritis, synovitis), lupus, contusions, superficial wounds, etc., are so astounding that the interest in phototherapy has received a new impetus. Minin maintains that the Finsen apparatus are very expensive and stationary and that treatment with them is frequently followed by a reaction necessitating a prolonged rest, thus making it obligatory for many patients to spend a good deal of time. Minin's apparatus consists of four ultra-violet electric lamps (one has a ground glass) with reflectors, stand, etc. It is very cheap and treatment

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