Early Reference to Red-Light Treatment of Small-Pox

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THE use of blue light as an anæsthetic and red light to prevent marking from small-pox has aroused some interest within recent times. The subjoined extract is from a footnote in Miss Strickland's history of Queen Marguerite of France, and was first published in 1839. According to this quotation from Gaddesden, the red-light treatment would seem to have been known in the days of Edward the First.

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