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May 25, 1940

Essentials of Medical Electricity

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By Elkin P. Cumberbatch, M.A., B.M., D.M.R.E., Medical Officer in Charge, Electrical Department, St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London. Eighth edition. Cloth. Price, $5. Pp. 528, with 162 illustrations. Cleveland, Ohio: Sherwood Press, 1939.

JAMA. 1940;114(21):2144. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810210076034

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This posthumous volume presents the labors of a student of electrotherapeutics in England and offers a detailed exposition of the diverse indications and technics of electrical procedures in medical practice. The text proper reveals meticulous diction, erudition and authoritative mellowness that become fully substantiated on repeated reading. Cumberbatch's reputation for lucid and painstaking detail may be ascribed to his years of apprenticeship under Sir Lewis Jones, the distinguished pioneer whom he succeeded as ranking officer at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, in a service almost as ancient in electromedical tradition as this oldest of London institutions. His special services in the World War and his succeeding experiences in the subsequent years as instructor and examiner in electrotherapy gave him that further orientation which raised the succeeding editions of this contribution to the most authoritative level on the subject. It is therefore not surprising that the demands for this work have brought about

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