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May 25, 1940

Infra-Red Irradiation

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By William Beaumont, M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., Physician in Charge, Physiotherapy Department, Westminster Hospital, London. With a foreword by Lord Horder, K.C.V.O. Second edition. Fabrikoid. Price, 6s. 6d. Pp. 159, with 26 illustrations. London: H. K. Lewis & Co., Ltd., 1939.

JAMA. 1940;114(21):2144-2145. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810210076037

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This small volume professes to be a critical study of that part of the spectrum which radiates a certain portion of energy sensed and interpreted as heat. Though the author appears to lean on a number of recognized monographs on this subject, he raises the implication that the present use of infra-red therapy still lacks a scientific basis, which by innuendo is to be established in his contribution. Unfortunately the text presents nothing strikingly new and in the main is a repetition of both authoritative data and moot problems culled from various sources. Considering that infra-red is in wide use, it is essential for any author on this method to present the fundamental biophysical and physiologic problems for the purpose of confirming by personal study such quoted opinions as are at variance with one another. As a result of such omission the exposition leaves the reader in the dilemma of

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