Dye—Light Phototherapy of Viral Bacterial, and Fungal Infections

  • M. Jarratt
  • W. HublerJr.
  • W. Panek
Part of the Photobiology book series (PB)


In 1899 Oscar Raab (1), a student in Dr. H. von Tappeiner’s Munich laboratory, observed that paramecia were killed in the presence of acridine dye and light but were unharmed in the presence of acridine dye in the dark. During the next few years of the early 20th century, von Tappeiner and Jodlbauer (2–4) conducted a long series of experiments with the dye-light reaction and coined the term “photodynamische erscheinung” (photodynamic action). They demonstrated that many dyes photosensitize a wide variety of microorganisms in vitro (Fig. 20–1).


Herpes Simplex Virus Methylene Blue Herpes Simplex Virus Type Herpes Simplex Virus Encephalitis Bacillus Anthracis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Jarratt
    • 1
  • W. HublerJr.
    • 1
  • W. Panek
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of DermatologyBaylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA

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