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June 8, 1940

Treatment by Manipulation

JAMA. 1940;114(23):2326. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810230056026

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This book is written by two orthopedic surgeons of considerable note and experience obviously in order to put manipulative surgery on a safe basis by means of proper selection of the cases and an understanding of the underlying principle, as is indicated in the preface to the book. It is called manipulative treatment rather than manipulative surgery and concerns itself with the passive movement of joints. To clarify the nomenclature the authors define sprain, acute or chronic, in reference to the joint only, while a strain is used in connection with particular components such as ligaments and, therefore, the sprain is the more general and the strain the more restricted term. It is gratifying to note that the principles of H. O. Thomas and his regard for the unsound joint is, at least by implication, recognized. From this point of view the short chapter on the selection of cases for

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