A HISTORY OF PHOTODYNAMIC THERAPY
Article first published online: 21 JAN 2008
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery
Volume 61, Issue 5, pages 340–348, May 1991
How to Cite
Daniell, M. D. and Hill, J. S. (1991), A HISTORY OF PHOTODYNAMIC THERAPY. Aust. N.Z. J. Surg., 61: 340–348. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1991.tb00230.x
- Issue published online: 21 JAN 2008
- Article first published online: 21 JAN 2008
- Accepted for publication 12 December 1990.
- photodynamic therapy;
The origins of light as a therapy in medicine and surgery are traced from antiquity to the modem day. Phototherapy began in ancient Greece, Egypt and India but disappeared for many centuries, only being rediscovered by Western civilization at the beginning of the twentieth century through the Dane, Niels Finsen, and the Germans Oscar Raab and Herman von Tappeiner. The discovery of the tumour-localizing ability of haematoporphyrin, together with its phototoxic effect on tumour cells led to the development of photodynamic therapy, a promising tool in modem cancer treatment.