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January 1916

THE EFFECT OF CONTINUOUS ELECTRIC LIGHT IN EXPERIMENTAL ARTHRITIS

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1916;XVII(1):78-81. doi:10.1001/archinte.1916.00080070096006
Abstract

It has been observed that a patient suffering from rheumatic pains and joints is very often relieved by the application of incandescent light either locally by means of one, two, or three bulbs with a metal reflector, or by a more general application in the form of the electric light bath. Although much is written in the literature on light as a therapeutic agent, we have been unable to find any previous work done to bring out experimentally this particular phase of treatment.

The following is the report of a study of experimental arthritis in rabbits and its treatment by means of the incandescent electric light.

Preliminary standardizations were made to ascertain: (1) The amount of light that could be used on a normal rabbit without causing distress, loss of weight, or an increase in temperature; (2) the dosage of an organism that would produce in all cases an arthritis

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