J. Deryl Hart and surgical team operating under ultraviolet lights

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  • Operation under ultraviolet light. Surgeons and others are dressed in protective clothing. In 1936, Dr. J. Deryl Hart originated the use of ultraviolet radiation to control airborne infections in surgical operating rooms, a technique that became widely accepted across the country. This procedure dramatically reduced the number of infections and related deaths and won national acclaim in the late 1930s and early 1940s.
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  • tch00026
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