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February 1959

Therapeutic Heat.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1959;61(2):344. doi:10.1001/archopht.1959.00940090346029

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Of interest to ophthalmologists in this book on the therapeutic use of heat is the chapter by Louis Daily and Ray K. Daily on "Heat in Diseases of the Eye." There is no question that heat is a valuable therapeutic agent in inflammatory conditions of the uveal tract and in recent years has been forgotten in the zeal for antibiotic and corticosteroid therapy. As the authors point out, few references to the application of heat medically for ocular disease can be found in recent medical literature.

In addition to the local heating of tissues by dry and moist hot packs, the authors discuss diathermy, microwaves, infrared radiation, and the elevation of the eye temperature by febrile reactions induced by artificial-fever therapy.

This is a useful and valuable summary of a therapeutic agent which should be more frequently used.

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