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To the Editor.—
We have become more and more scientific in the manner in which we conduct research and render patient care. This is quite admirable, but some "scientists" convey the view that clinical research and observation are more meaningful if they are bathed in a sea of scientific jargon and measurement. One area in which this is very apparent is the emerging field of photobiology. Currently, nothing less than joules per square centimeter or milliwatts per square centimeter are in vogue, while the use of biologic units such as minimal erythemal doses (MErD) or exposures recorded in minutes is now considered anathema. We are not against such efforts but wish to alert dermatologists to the problems of ultraviolet (UV) light measurement with currently used radiometers.We have been engaged in the successful use of sunlamp fluorescent bulbs in the treatment of psoriasis for the past four years. A new
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