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March 1926

Ultra-Violet Rays in the Treatment and Cure of Disease

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1926;13(3):460. doi:10.1001/archderm.1926.02370150164024

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This little book is in a field now arousing much interest. With its attractive subject and its many introductions, it was taken up with pleasant anticipations. It was with regret that these were not realized. The introductory chapters of course contain some valuable information, but they are largely concerned with the statement of elementary facts. Like so many writers on physiotherapeutic subjects, the author's optimism seems to obfusticate, if not destroy, his critical judgment. Take, for example, the following statements on skin diseases, on pages 62 and 65:

"Dr. —... reported that every case of ulceration which came under treatment during eighteen months (with a daily attendance of between 30 and 40 cases of skin diseases reviewed) was cured by ultra-violet radiation."

"In premature loss of hair remarkably successful results are obtained after a few exposures.... The author has treated many cases of this disease, in both sexes, and at

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