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July 1960

Ultraviolet Helmet

Author Affiliations

Hollywood, Calif.

Arch Dermatol. 1960;82(1):103-104. doi:10.1001/archderm.1960.01580010109020

An upside-down wastebasket with an opening covered by an amber glass is a curious looking object (Figs. 1A and 1B). Anyone who wears it looks like a humorous being from outer space (Fig. 1C). However, when the purpose of the helmet is explained to a patient, he readily accepts its use.

Both the doctor and the patient may wear an ultraviolet helmet when ultraviolet treatment is being administered. It protects the face as well as the eyes. Its advantage over the ordinary welding helmet is the protection of the head from all directions. When the doctor uses the helmet, he may stay in the room during the ultraviolet treatment without exposure to his eyes or face. The helmet is large enough so that the doctor need not remove his glasses before putting on the helmet.

A patient in the sitting or standing position may use the helmet when the trunk

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