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August 6, 1932

Un nouveau traitement abortif de l'érysipèle et du streptocoque par les rayons rouges, la chambre rouge et le bandage rouge.

JAMA. 1932;99(6):501. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740580069050

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This brochure deals uncritically with two cases of erysipelas abortively cured by exposure to rays of sunlight and lamplight filtered through red linen, covering windows, doors and lamps in the sickroom. The clinical data presented are negligible and uncontrolled. No experimental evidence is adduced to prove the author's contention that the streptococci in the erysipelatous area are killed by the specific action of the red rays or that the red chamber, red rays or red bandages will bring about abortive cures of acute exanthematous diseases. This is a cumbrous pamphlet of unscientific reasoning.