Photons in Medicine

  • R. Pratesi
Part of the Ettore Majorana International Science Series book series (EMISS, volume 35)


The conventional wisdom that the sun cures human illness comes to us from ancient times, and the ancient belief that a “robust” color was a sign of health persists to this day. The worship of the sun as a health-bringing deity is probably as old as man itself. Possibly the earliest medical association with sun light is the observation of Herodotus, who, in 525 BC, related the strenght of the skull to sunlight exposure. The social attributes of healthy glow and a tan have led to popular use of sunbathing and sunlamps.


Laser Welding Argon Laser Laser Surgery Carbon Dioxide Laser Port Wine Stain 
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  • R. Pratesi
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  1. 1.Istituto di Elettronica Quantistica del CNRFirenzeItaly

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