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January 6, 1940

The Science and Art of Joint Manipulation

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By James Mennell, M.A., M.D., B.C., Consulting Physicotherapist, St. Thomas's Hospital, London. Vol. 1: The Extremities. Cloth. Price, $4.50. Pp. 233, with 284 illustrations. Philadelphia: P. Blakiston's Son & Co., Inc., 1939.

JAMA. 1940;114(1):84. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810010086030

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Abstract

It is not an easy task to present a subject as controversial as is the question of manipulative surgery to the circle of a critical profession. Mennell, in his latest book, has done so rather convincingly. Because of the careful restraint with which he handles physiologic and anatomic facts as a background for his indications, there is no tendency to admit any fantastic or forced theories into his field of reasoning. In the introductory chapters, which are devoted to the mechanical aspect of joint disorders, little was found to which exception could be taken on theoretical grounds, and there was much which is excellent. Then also there is a great deal of clinical material adduced, accurately observed and keenly interpreted, particularly in chapter III on referred pain. The actual technic of manipulations of joints occupies a large portion of the book and is so replete with details that it must

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