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December 24, 1898

A NEW THERAPEUTIC MEASURE—THE ELECTRIC-LIGHT BATH.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(26):1509-1514. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450260013002c

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Abstract

In a paper read before the American Electrotherapeutic Association, at its meeting in New York City, in September, 1894, I presented a description of a new method of applying heat to the body, using, as the source of heat, the incandescent electric light. I also gave in this paper the details of many experiments which I had conducted for the purpose of determining the physiologic effects of this bath, and also a comparison of the effects obtained by this bath with those obtained by the Turkish and Russian baths. The general conclusions to which I was led by this investigation were as follows:

1. The electric-light bath stimulates the production of the elimination of CO2 in a very marked degree. In an electric-light bath lasting for thirty minutes, the percentage of CO2 elimination during the last ten minutes was 5.13, as compared with 3.60, the average of CO

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