Thank you to Christine Anderson (née Keith) who
"I would very much to like
to mention a topic that has not yet appeared on any History Recollection
Page. It is about Sun Ray Treatment that
was given to children who were a bit frail.
I was one of those children.
We were sent by the Nurse to attend a clinic that was situated at
the foot of John Street. Leith Academy
School was nearby. Looking back,
I suspect it may have been owned by a wealthy Merchant.
We were put in a darkened
room. We formed a
circle around this 'light' which was on
the floor. We sat in our underwear
wearing rubber goggles to protect our eyes.
There was a dreadful smell of heated rubber.
I was with a girl called
Christine Reid (Leith walk School) and there was
another girl called Marie Barnum from another school.
It also included taking Malt, cod liver
oil and the thick orange juice that was given
to babies. I liked
the orange juice!!!"
"Looking back to this photograph of my class at
Leith Walk School, taken in 1954, I am the smallest girl
sitting at the right-hand end of the bench, 3rd row
from the back.
I would say my sun
treatments would have been around 1952/1953."
else remember the sun ray treatment?"
Christine Anderson (née
Keith), Duddingston, Edinburgh: February 10+11, 2010
Reply to Christine?
like to send a reply to Christine,
please email me, then I'll pass on your message to
Stubbs: March 4, 2010
By coincidence, I
have received another email about sun ray
treatment. It reached me the day before
your message. It came from Brian Swanney who used to live in Royston,
Edinburgh and now lives in New Zealand. I've just added his comments
to the web site. Please click on this link to
read his comments:
Royston Recollections 11, Artificial Sunlight Health
Peter Stubbs: March 4,
Thank you to Charlotte Cote, who has lived in USA
since 1972, replied:
"I was a baby in Leeds,
Yorkshire, England when I was taken to a facility (I don't know which one)
in Leeds for sun ray Treatment. It may have been around 1949-51.
My Mother told me all about it,
but I don't remember it. She said I needed the treatment because all the
calcium had gone to make teeth, and my legs bowed.
They did the treatment to strengthen my leg
bones, then my legs grew straight. I'm now
Mum also gave us Virol, some kind
of vitamin stuff that was almost caramel, thick orange juice and cod liver
Oddly, I have had a lot of pain
in my right lower leg for a few years now. According to the doctors, it's
something to do with my spine -
though it does make you wonder!"
Charlotte Cote, USA:
August 26, 2010
Thank you to Chris Northam Palmer who wrote:
"I've been trying to find out
about sun ray treatment my whole life.
I am 60. I had sun
treatment as a tot in Plymouth. I never knew
why, apart from my Mother telling me that I was skinny and did not eat."
Chris Northam Palmer,
Tavistock, Devon, England: March 8, 2011
Kate Fisher (née
Thank you to Kate Fisher who wrote:
was one of those frail children. I can
remember quite vividly everything Christine described, the awful smell of
the rubber goggles and sitting round the lamp in
I went to Leith Academy in the
1950s and don’t remember anyone else from that
school going for the sun-ray treatment with me."
Kate Fisher (née
Mason), Carlisle, Cumberland, England