This section contains excerpts from the book The Cancer Cure that Worked! Fifty Years of Suppression by Barry Lynes, 1987, Ninth printing, November 2001.

The book discusses the work done by Royal Ramond Rife.


Chapter 1

The Cure For Cancer


In the summer of 1934 in California, under the auspices of the University of Southern California, a group of leading American bacteriologists and doctors conducted the first successful cancer clinic. The results showed that cancer was caused by a micro-organism, that the micro-organism could be painlessly destroyed in terminally ill cancer patients, and that the effects of the disease could be reversed.

The technical discovery leading to the cancer cure had been described in Science magazine in 1931. In the decade following the 1934 clinical success, the technology and the subsequent, successful treatment of cancer patients was discussed at medical conferences, disseminated in a medical journal, cautiously but professionally reported in a major newspaper, and technically explained in an annual report published by the Smithsonian Institution.

However, the cancer cure threatened a number of scientists, physicians, and financial interests. A cover-up was initiated. Physicians using the new technology were coerced into abandoning it. The author of the Smithsonian article was followed and then was shot at while driving his car. He never wrote about the subject again. All reports describing the cure were censored by the head of the AMA (American Medical Association) from the major medical journals. Objective scientific evaluation by government laboratories was prevented. And renowned researchers who supported the technology and its new scientific principles in bacteriology were scorned, ridiculed, and called liars to their face. Eventually, a long, dark silence lasting decades fell over the cancer cure. In time, the cure was labeled a "myth"--it never happened. However, documents now available prove that the cure did exist, was tested successfully in clinical trials, and in fact was used secretly for years afterwards--continuing to cure cancer as well as other diseases.

pages 13&14


Cullen recalled: "Dr. Hamer ran an average of forty cases a day through his place. He had to hire two operators. He trained them and watched them very closely. The case histories were mounting up very fast. Among them was this old man from Chicago. He had a malignancy all around his face and neck. It was a gory mass. Just terrible. Just a red gory mass. It had taken over all around his face. It had taken off one eyelid at the bottom of the eye. It had taken off the bottom of the lower lobe of the ear and had also gone into the cheek area, nose and chin. He was a sight to behold."

"But in six months all that was left was a little black spot on the side of his face and the condition of that was such that it was about to fall off. Now that man was 82 years of age. I never saw anything like it. The delight of having a lovely clean skin again, just like a baby's skin."

page 29.


Dr. Kendall had invented a protein culture medium (called "K Medium" after its inventor) which enabled the "filterable virus" portions of a bacteria to be isolated and to continue reproducing. This claim directly contradicted the Rockefeller Institute's Dr. Thomas Rivers who in 1926 had authoritatively stated that a virus needed a living tissue for reproduction. Rife, Kendall and others were to prove within a year that it was possible to cultivate viruses artificially. Rivers, in his ignorance and obstinacy, was responsible for suppressing one of the greatest advances ever made in medical knowledge.

A typhoid germ was put in the "K Medium," triple-filtered through the finest filter available, and the results examined under Rife's microscope. Tiny, distinct bodies stained in a turquoise-blue light were visible. Kendall could "see" the proof of what he had demonstrated by other means. Two historic breakthroughs in science had happened. The virus cultures grew in the "K Medium" and were visible. The viruses could be "light" stained and then classified according to their own colors under Rife's unique microscope.

page 42.


The BX cancer virus was a distinct purplish red color. Rife had succeeded in isolating the filtrable virus of carcinoma.

The size of the cancer virus was indeed small. The length was 1/15 of a micron. The breadth was 1/20 of a micron. No ordinary light microscope, even in the 1980s, would be able to make the cancer virus visible.

In time, Rife was able to prove that the cancer micro-organism had 4 forms:

1) BX (carcinoma)

2) BY (sarcoma--larger than BX)

3) Monococcoid form in the monocytes of the blood of over 90% of cancer patients. When properly stained, this form can be readily seen with a standard research microscope.

4) Crytomyces pleomorphia fungi--identical morphologi-cally to that of the orchid and of the mushroom.

Rife wrote in his 1953 book: "Any of these forms can be changed back to 'BX' within a period of 36 hours and will produce in the experimental animal a typical tumor with all the pathology of true neoplastic tissue, from which we can again recover the 'BX' micro-organism. This complete process has been duplicated over 300 times with identical and positive results."

page 50.


Rife said, "In reality, it is not the bacteria themselves that produce the disease, but the chemical constituents of these micro-organisms enacting upon the unbalanced cell metabolism of the human body that in actuality produce the disease. We also believe if the metabolism of the human body is perfectly balanced or poised, it is susceptible to no disease."

page 51.


Rife discovered that pig meat and mushrooms were a natural cause of cancer in which the cancer virus liked to grow. Rife also discovered the cancer virus in orchids.

page 52.

In the early part of September, 1861, Mr. Robert Buist, Sr., a noted seedsman and distinguished horticulturist from whom I had procured the vines, having heard of their wonderful growth, visited the grapery. On entering it he seemed to be lost in amazement at what he saw; after. examining it very carefully, turning to me, he said, "General! I have been cultivating plants and vines of various kinds for the last forty years; I have seen some of the best vineries and conservatories in England and Scotland, but I have never seen anything like this growth." He then measured some of the vines and found them forty-five feet in length, and an inch in diameter at the distance of one foot above the ground; and these dimensions were the growth of only five months! He then remarked, "I visited last week a new grapery near Darby, the vines in which I furnished at the same time I did yours; they were of the same varieties, of like age and size, when they were planted as yours; they were planted at the same time with yours. When I saw them last week, they were puny spindling plants not more than five feet long, and scarcely increased in diameter since they were planted--and yet they have had the best possible care and attendance!

The vines continued healthy and to grow, making an abundance of young wood during the remainder of the season of 1861.

In March of 1862 they were started to grow, having been pruned and cleaned in January of that year. The growth in this second season was, if anything, more remarkable than it had been in the previous year. Besides the formation of new wood and the display of the most luxuriant foliage, there was a wonderful number of bunches of grapes, which soon assumed the most remarkable proportions--the bunches being of extra-ordinary magnitude, and the grapes of unusual size and development.

In September of 1862 the same gentleman Mr. Robert Buist, Sr., who had visited the grapery the year before came again-- this time accompanied by his foreman. The grapes were then beginning to color and to ripen rapidly. On entering the grapery, astonished at the wonderful display of foliage and fruit which it presented, he stood for a while in silent amazement; he then slowly walked around the grapery several times, critically examining its wonders; when taking from his pocket paper and pencil, he noted on the paper each bunch of grapes, and estimated its weight, after which aggregating the whole, he came to me and said, "General! do you know that you have 1200 pounds of grapes in this grapery?" On my saying that I had no idea of the quantity it contained, he continued, " you have indeed that weight of fruit, but I would not dare to publish it, for no one would believe me." We may well conceive of his astonishment at this product when we are reminded that in grape-growing countries where grapes have been grown for centuries, that a period of time of from five to six years will elapse before a single bunch of grapes can be produced from a young vine--while before him in the second year of the growth of vines which he himself had furnished only seventeen months before, he saw this remarkable yield of the finest and choicest varieties of grapes. He might well say that an account of it would be incredible.

During the next season (1863) the vines again fruited and matured a crop of grapes estimated by comparison with the yield of the previous year to weigh about two tons; the vines were perfectly healthy and free from the usual maladies which affect the grape. By this time the grapery and its products had become partially known among cultivators, who said that such excessive crops would exhaust the vines, and that the following year there would be no fruit, as it was well known that all plant's required rest after yielding large crops; notwithstanding, new wood was formed this year for the next year's crop, which turned out to be quite as large as it had been in the season of 1863, and so on year by year the vines have continned to bear large crops of fine fruit without intermission for the last nine years. They are now healthy and strong, and as yet show no signs of decrepitude or exhaustion.

pages 5-8


I have found, upon patient and long experiments, running through many years, that plants, fruits of plants, vines and fruits of vines and vegetables so housed and inclosed as to admit the natural light of the sun through ordinary glass, and the transmitted light of the solar rays through the glasses of blue, violet or purple colours in the proportion of eight of natural light to one of the blue or electric light, grow much more rapidly, ripen much quicker, and produce much larger crops of fruit than the same plants housed and treated with the natural light of day, the soils and fertilizers and treatment and culture being identical in both cases and the exposure the same.

I have also found, by repeated and patient experiments of several years, that young animals, fishes and fowls under the same care, food, regimen, and treatment grow much more rapidly and to a much larger size under the influence of the combined natural light of day with the transmitted blue electric light than when exposed only to the natural sunlight, and that their flesh is equally good, and their health, vigor and constitutions are equal to those that, under the same circumstances of food, care and shelter, grow in the natural light. In these experiments with animals, fishes and fowls, I have not used the same proportions of natural light and transmitted blue light, viz: eight of natural to one of blue light, that I used in my experiments with vines, vegetables and fruits, but with the first named the proportions of natural and blue light were equal; and I prefer not those proportions of the natural caloric light and the transmitted electric light; yet I do not doubt that other proportions, depending upon the different organic constitutions in both the animal and vegetable creations, may be found to combine life-growing and vitalizing powers even exceeding the results I have produced, and still more productive of good in creating greater results. In these experiments I have discovered and proved that the transmitted blue light of the solar rays in its different degrees of intensity of color, in combination with natural sunlight, imparts vigour and vitality to the vegetation and life-growing principle in nature, heretofore unknown and never before utilized and applied to practical results of incalculable value to stock growing, to agriculture and horticulture, both as relates to time, labor and economy.

I have also discovered, by experiment and practice, special and specific efficacy in the use of this combination of the caloric rays of the sun and the electric blue light in stimulating the glands of the body, the nervous system generally, and the secretive organs of man and animals. It therefore becomes an important element in the treatment of diseases, especially such as have become chronic, or result from derangement of the secretive, perspiratory or glandular functions, as it vitalizes and gives renewed activity and force to the vital currents that keep the health unimpaired, or restores them when disordered or deranged.

pages 27-28

The microscope he built in 1933 was the largest and most powerful of the five he built. One was built in 1920, another in 1929, the "Universal" officially completed in 1933 although it may have been used in an uncompleted form in 1932 as the above report suggests, another microscope in 1934, and one in 1937 which was finally finished in 1952. Some parts from preexisting ones were used for later ones. While the 1929 microscope was a "super" microscope compared to all other commercial microscopes, with a working magnification between 5,000 and 17,000 times, the "Universal" Microscope of 1933 possessed a resolution of 31,000 times and a magnification of 60,000 times (as described in the terms of the time).

page 54.


"In that period of time I saw many things and the one that impressed me the most was a man who staggered onto a table, just on the last end of cancer; he was a bag of bones. As he lay on the table, Dr. Rife and Dr. Johnson said, 'Just feel that man's stomach.' So I put my hand on the cavity where his stomach was underneath and it was just a cavity almost, because he was so thin; his backbone and his belly were just about touching each other.

"I put my hand on his stomach which was just one solid mass, just about what I could cover with my hand, somewhat like the shape of a heart. It was absolutely solid! And I thought to myself, well, nothing can be done for that. However, they gave him a treatment with the Rife frequencies and in the course of time over a period of six weeks to two months, to my astonishment, he completely recovered. He got so well that he asked permission to go to El Centro as he had a farm there and he wanted to see about his stock. Dr. Rife said, 'Now you haven't the strength to drive to El Centro.'

"'Oh, yes' said he. 'I have, but I'll have a man to drive me there.' As a matter of fact, the patient drove his own car there and when he got down to El Centro he had a sick cow and he stayed up all night with it. The next day he drove back without any rest whatsoever--so you can imagine how he had recovered.

pages 62-63.


"The basic principle of this device is the control of a desired frequency. These frequencies varying upon the organism being treated.

"The frequency is set which controls the initial oscillator, which in turn is run through six stages of amplification, the last stage driving a 50 watt output tube.

"The frequency with its carrier wave is transmitted into an output tube similar to the standard X ray tube, but filled with a different inert gas. This tube acts as a directional antenna.

"The importance in the variable control of these frequencies is that each pathogenic organism being treated is of a different chemical constituency, the consequence being they carry a different molecular vibratory rate. Each one in turn under these conditions requires a different frequency or vibratory rate to destroy."

pages 72-73.


The May 6, 1928 Evening Tribune of San Diego described what the Frequency Instrument did:

"Just what this Ray does to the organisms to devitalize them is not yet known. Because each organism requires a different wave length, it may be that whatever befalls these tiny slayers of man is something similar to the phenomenon occurring when the musical tuning fork is set in vibration by sound waves emanating from another fork struck nearby. . . .

"Rife thinks that the lethal frequencies for various disease organisms are, as in the sound waves, coordinates of frequencies existing in the organism themselves. If this is the explanation, it means that the Rife Ray probably causes the disease organisms to disintegrate or partially disintegrate, just as the vase and the glass. Several bits of evidence indicate that this is exactly what happens.

"When the ray is directed upon them, they are seen to behave very curiously; some kinds do literally disintegrate, and others writhe as if in agony and finally gather together in deathly unmoving clusters.

page 106.


In 1984, Dr. Virginia Livingston-Wheeler published The Conquest of Cancer. She warned her readers not to eat chicken or eggs:

"After years of research, I consider the potential for cancer in chicken to be almost one hundred percent. Most of the chickens on the dining tables of America have the pathogenic form of the microbe, which I contend is transmissable to human beings."

She called for vaccinating cattle and chicken with the anti-cancer serum. Rife had long envisioned using the Rife Ray to kill the BX in chickens and meat. He also had specifically warned that BX (cancer) virus thrived on pig and mushrooms. The wheel kept turning and turning.

When it is realized that the disease causing micro-organisms in food can be devitalized, and that the blood in hospital blood banks may need to be similarly purified, the loss of Rife's discovery can be seen in its true tragic dimensions.

Dr. Livingston-Wheeler also called for cancer immunization soon after the birth of every child (the serum can be made from a urine sample). She knew the signs of a cancer epidemic were everywhere if anyone bothered to look. She also declared that cancer could be permanently wiped out in a decade.

pages 118-119.




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What follows contains excerpts from The Influence of the Blue Ray of the Sunlight and of the Blue Colour of the Sky, in Developing Animal and Vegetable Life; in Arresting Disease, and in Restoring Health in Acute and Chronic Disorders to Human and Domestic Animals. by Gen. A. J. Pleasonton, 1877.


Mr. President and Gentlemen of The Philadelphia Society for
Promoting Agriculture.


At the request of my old friend and your respected President, I have attended your meeting this morning to impart to you the results of certain experiments that I have made within the last ten years in attempts to utilize the blue color of the sky in the development of vegetable and animal life.

I may premise that for a long time I have thought that the blue color of the sky, so permanent and so all-pervading, and yet so varying in intensity of color, according to season and latitude, must have some abiding relation and intimate connection with the living organisms on this planet.

Deeply impressed with this idea, in the autumn of the year 1860, I commenced the erection of a cold grapery on my farm in the western part of this city. I remembered that while a student of chemistry I was taught that in the analysis of the ray of the sun by the prism, in the year 1666, by Sir Isaac Newton, he had resolved it into the seven primary rays, viz: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet, and had discovered that these elementary rays had different indices of refraction; that for the red ray at one side of the solar spectrum being the least, while that of the violet at the opposite side thereof was the greatest, from which he deduced his celebrated doctrine of the different refrangibility of the rays of light; and further, that Sir John Herschel in his subsequent investigation of the properties of light had shown that the chemical power of the solar ray is greatest in the blue rays which give the least light of any of the luminous prismatic radiations, but the largest quantity of solar heat, and that later experiments established the fact of the stimulating influence of the blue rays upon vegetation. Having concluded to make a practical application of the properties of the blue and violet rays of light just referred to in stimulating vegetable life, I began to inquire in every accessible direction if this stimulating quality of the blue or violet ray had ever received any practical useful application. My inquiries developed the facts that various experiments had been made in England and on the European continent with glass colored with each of the several primary rays, but that they were so unsatisfactory in their results that nothing useful came of them so far as any improvement in the process of developing vegetation was concerned. Finding no beaten track, I was left to grope my way as best I could under the guidance of the violet ray alone. My grapery was finished in March, 1861. Its dimensions were, 84 feet long, 26 feet wide, 16 feet high at the ridge, with a double-pitched roof. It was built at the foot of a terraced garden, in the direction of N.E. by E. to S.W. by W. On three sides of it there was a border 12 feet wide, and on the fourth or N.E. by E. side the border was only five feet wide, being a walk of the garden. The borders inside and outside were excavated 3 feet 6 inches deep, and were filled up with the usual nutritive matter, carefully prepared for growing vines. I do not think they differed essentially from thousands of other borders which have been made in many parts of the world. The first question to be solved on the completion of the frame of the grapery, was the proportion of blue or violet glass to be used on the roof. Should too much be used, it would reduce the temperature too much, and cause a failure of the experiment; if too little, it would not afford a fair test. At a venture I adopted every eighth row of glass on the roof to be violet colored, alternating the rows on opposite sides of the roof, so that the sun in its daily course should cast a beam of violet light on every leaf in the grapery. Cuttings of vines of some twenty varieties of grapes, each one year old, of the thickness of a pipe-stem, and cut close to the pots containing them, were planted in the borders inside and outside of the grapery, in the early part of April, 1861. Soon after being planted the growth of the vines began. Those on the outside were trained through earthen pipes in the walls to the inside, and as they grew they were tied up to the wires like those which had been planted within. Very soon the vines began to attract great notice of all who saw them from the rapid growth they were making. Every day disclosed some new extension, and the gardener was kept busy in tying up the new wood which the day before he had not observed. In a few weeks after the vines had been planted, the walls and inside of the roof were closely covered with the most luxurious and healthy development of foliage and wood.

Having introduced blue glass into the windows of the sleeping apartments of my servants in one of my country houses, it was observed that large numbers of flies, that had previously infested them, were dead soon after its introduction, on the inside sills of the windows.

page 3, second section


On the 29th of January, 1872, the wife of one of the gentlemen on the station gave birth prematurely to a very small child, which weighed at the time only three and a half pounds. It was very feeble, possessing apparently but little vitality. It so happened that the windows of the room, in which it was born and reared, were draped with blue curtains, through which and the plain glass of the windows, the sunlight entered the apartment. The lacteal system of the mother was greatly excited, and secreted an excessive quantity of milk, while at the same time the appetite of the child for food was greatly increased, to such an extent indeed, that its mother, notwithstanding the inordinate flow of her milk, at times found it difficult to satisfy its hunger.

The child grew rapidly in health, strength and size; and on the 29th of May, 1872, just four months after its birth, when I saw it, before I left Mound City, it weighed twenty-two pounds.

pages 7-8.


 In the latter part of August, 1871, I chanced to visit a physician of this city, of my acquaintance, whom I found to be in great distress, and plunged in the lowest despondency. On inquiring the cause, he told me that he feared that he was about to lose his wife, who was suffering from a complication of disorders that were most painful and distressing, and which had baffled the skill of several of the most eminent physicians here, as also of others of equal distinction in New York. He then stated that his wife was suffering great pains in the lower part of her back, and in her head and neck, as also in her lower limbs; that she could not sleep; that she had no appetite for food and was rapidly wasting away in flesh; and that her secretions were all abnormal. I said to him, "Why don't you try blue light?" to which he replied, "I have thought of that, but you know how it is with wives; they will frequently reject the advice of a husband, while they would accept it if offered by any one else. This has deterred me from recommending blue light, but I think that if you should recommend it to her she will adopt it, for she has great confidence in your judgment." I told him that I would most certainly recommend it to her. Accordingly we went up to her sitting room in the second story of the main building, having a southern exposure, the house being on the southern side of the street. We found her seated at an open window, the thermometer up in the nineties; she was looking very miserable, greatly emaciated, sallow in complexion, indicating extreme ill health, and her voice very feeble. On inquiring of her relative to the state of her health, she described it very much as her husband, the doctor, had done. When I had put to her the same question I had proposed to her husband, viz: "Why don't you try blue light?" "Oh!" she replied, "I have tried so many things, and have had so many doctors that I am out of conceit of all remedies; none of them have done me any good; I don't believe that anything can relieve me." To which I remarked, "Nonsense! you have many years of life yet remaining, and if you will try blue light you will live to enjoy them." To which she answered, "Are you in earnest? Do you really think that blue light would do me any good?" "Certainly!" I said, "I do, or I would not recommend it to you; my experience with it fully justifies my opinion." She then said she would try it, and asked me how it should be applied. I then told her and her husband in what manner the application of blue light in her case should be made, and how often and when it should be repeated, and they both promised that the trial with it should be made the next day.

Six days after this interview I received a note from the doctor, asking me to send him some copies of my memoir on blue light, &c., which he wished to forward to some of his distant friends, and at the close of it he had written: "You will be surprised to learn that since my wife has been under the blue glass, her hair on the head has begun to grow, not merely longer, but in places on her head where there was none new hair is coming out thick." This was certainly an unexpected effect, but it displayed an evident action on the skin, and so far was encouraging. Two days after the receipt of this note I called to see the doctor, and while he was giving me an account of the experiment with the blue light, his wife entered the office, and coming to me, she said, "Oh, general! I am so much obliged to you for having recommended to me that blue light!" "Ah!" said I, "is it doing you any good?" "Yes," she said, "the greatest possible good. Do you know that when I put my naked foot under the blue light, all my pains in the limb cease?" I inquired, "Is that a fact?" She assured me that it was, and then added, "My maid tells me that my hair is growing not merely longer on my head, but in places there which were bald now hair is coming out thick." She also said that the pains in her back were less, and that there was a general improvement in the condition of her health.

Three weeks afterwards, on visiting them, the doctor told me that the arrangement of blue and sunlight had been a complete success with his wife; that her pains had left her; that she now slept well; her appetite had returned, and that she had already gained much flesh.



About this time (September, 1871), one of my sons, about 22 years of age, a remarkably vigourous and muscular young man, was afflicted with a severe attack of sciatica, or rheumatism of the sciatic nerve, in his left hip and thigh, from which he had been unable to obtain any relief, though the usual medical as well as galvanic remedies had been applied. He had become lame from it, and he suffered much pain in his attempts to walk.

I advised him to try the associated sun and blue light, both upon his naked spine and hip, which he did with such benefit that at the end of three weeks after taking the first of these baths of light, every symptom of the disorder disappeared, and he has had no return of it since--a period now of three years.

Some time since two of my friends, Major Generals S---- and D----, of the United States regular army, were on duty in this city. On making them a visit at their official residence, I saw on the window-ledge as I entered the room, a piece of blue glass of about the size of one of the panes of glass in the window. After some conversation, General D. said to me, "Did you notice that piece of blue glass on our window-ledge?" I said, "I had observed it." "Do you know what it is there for?" To which I replied, that "I did not!" He then said, "I will tell you--S. and I have been suffering very much from rheumatism in our fore-arms, from the elbow-joints to our fingers' ends; sometimes our fingers were so rigid that we could not hold a pen--we have tried almost every remedy that was ever heard of for relief, but without avail; at last I said to S., suppose we try Pleasonton's blue glass, to which be assented--when I sent for the glass and placed it on the window-ledge. When the sun began about ten o'clock in the morning to throw its light through the glass of the window, we took off our coats, rolled up our shirt sleeves to the shoulders, and then held our naked arms under the blue and sunlight; in three days thereafter, having taken each day one of these sun-baths for 30 minutes on our arms, the pains in them ceased, and we have not had any return of them since--we are cured."



Some time since, Mrs. C., the wife of Major-General C., a distinguished officer of the United States regular army, told me that one of her grandchildren, a little boy about eighteen months old, had from his birth had so little use of his legs that he could neither crawl nor walk, and was apparently so enfeebled in those limbs that she began to fear that the child was permanently paralyzed in them.

To obviate such an affliction, she requested the mother of the child to send him, with his two young sisters, to play in the entry of the second story of her house, where she had fitted up a window with blue and plain glass in equal proportions. The children were accordingly brought there and were allowed to play for several hours in this large entry or hall under the mixed sun and blue light. In a very few days, Mrs. C---- told me that the child manifested great improvement in the strength of its limbs, having learned to climb by a chair, to crawl and to walk, and that he was then as promising a child as any one is likely to see.

page 22.


"At the request of my attending physician, Dr. Louis Fisher, I will state, as briefly as possible, the effects produced upon me by the transmission of the sun's rays through blue glass:

"Having been an invalid for nearly three years, and for the last half of that time confined entirely to my rooms on one floor, I became so reduced by the long confinement, and my nervous system seemed so completely broken down, that all tonics lost their effects, sleep at nights could only be obtained by the use of opiates, appetite, of course, there was none, and scarcely a vestige of color remained, either in my lips, face or hands--as a last resort I was placed, about the 19th of January, 1874, under the influence of blue glass rays. Two large panes of the glass, each 36 inches long by 16 inches wide, were placed in the upper part of a sunny window in my parlour, a window with a south exposure, and as the blue and sunlight streamed into the room, I sat in it continuously--I was also advised by Dr. Fisher, to take a regular sun-bath of it; at least to let the blue rays fall directly on the spine for about 20 or 30 minutes at a time, morning and afternoon; but the effects of it were too strong for me to bear; and as I was progressing very favorably by merely sitting in it in my ordinary dress, that was considered sufficient.

"In two or three weeks the change began to be very perceptible. The colour began returning to my face, lips and hands, my nights became better, my appetite more natural, and my strength and vitality to return, while my whole nervous system, was most decidedly strengthened and soothed.

"In about six weeks, I was allowed to try going up and down a few stairs at a time, being able to test in that way how the strength was returning into my limbs, and by the middle of April, when the spring was sufficiently advanced to make it prudent for me to try walking out, I was able to do so.

"The experiment was made a peculiarly fair one by the stoppage of all tonics, &c., as soon as the glass was placed in the window, allowing me to depend solely on the efficacy of the blue light."

page 25.


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