Introduction: Historical Vignettes from the Field of Photomedicine

Authored by: Michael R. Hamblin , Ying-Ying Huang

Handbook Ofphotomedicine

Print publication date:  October  2013
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9781439884690
eBook ISBN: 9781439884706
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b15582-3

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Abstract

The present handbook aims to cover the entire area of medical knowledge known as “photomedicine.” This field is concerned with two broad areas of medicine: (1) diseases caused by light and (2) the therapeutic applications of light known as phototherapy. The latter broad area can be further subdivided into five more-specialized applications of phototherapy: (i) ultra-violet phototherapy, (ii) photodynamic therapy (PDT), (iii) low-level laser (light) therapy, (iv) laser surgery and medicine, and (v) phototherapy for miscellaneous applications.

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