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November 1958

Ultraviolet Light Therapy: Utilization of Tubular Fluorescent Lamps in a Cabinet for Generalized Simultaneous Irradiation

Author Affiliations

Whittier, Calif.

From the University of Southern California School of Medicine, Department of Medicine (Dermatology [Maximilian E. Obermayer, M.D., Chairman and Head of Department]).

AMA Arch Derm. 1958;78(5):646-652. doi:10.1001/archderm.1958.01560110092018

Previously available ultraviolet light emitters have been "point," or small-area, sources. These require four to six exposures, averaging three to five minutes each, to irradiate the entire body evenly. Hence, a single generalized ultraviolet irradiation treatment keeps a room and a supervising nurse (or doctor) occupied for 20 to 30 minutes.

This article is written for the following purposes:

  1. To describe an ultraviolet cabinet, especially designed to give generalized, head-to-toe ultraviolet irradiation in a single exposure, with a minimum of supervision, and in minimum elapsed time (i. e., 2 minutes vs. 20 minutes)

  2. To discuss the technique of use of this cabinet

  3. To discuss the results and complications after four years' experience using the cabinet

  4. To provide detailed instructions for the reproduction of the cabinet

  5. To record the characteristics of a new ultraviolet light source (a 48-in.-long, tubular fluorescent lamp used in

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