These English Olympians are basking under artificial sun lamps, hoping to get the health benefits of natural sunlight indoors. The treatment was developed by Lieutenant Colonel G. S. Hutchison after he took some British coal miners to Switzerland and watched them grow big and strong in the Swiss sunshine. He created these lamps for those who can't just jet off to the Alps for a little sunbathing.
While users of these lamps may not have known at the time that they were roasting under rays of cancer, our article does caution that "even natural sunlight can be venomous, as anyone who has been severely sunburned knows." But physicians thought the benefits, such as curing rickets, killing germs or bulking up for the Olympics, outweighed the risks.
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