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June 22, 1940

Sbornik trudov. Tom V: K pyatidesyatiletiyu Tomskogo Gosudarstvennogo Meditsinskogo Instituta imeni V. M. Molotova, 1888-1938

JAMA. 1940;114(25):2496. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810250070028

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This volume is a festschrift contributed to by the members of the Tomsk Institute of Physical Therapy and Balneology on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the Tomsk Medical Institute. The subjects treated are those concerned with the effect of diathermy, iontophoresis and other physical therapeutic procedures in various disease states. The contribution by Shpisman on diathermy treatment of chronic disease of the heart is worthy of comment because of its conservative attitude. Among the contraindications to this treatment the author lists valvular diseases of the heart with decompensation, coronary thrombosis, dilatation of the aorta accompanied by hypertension, myocarditis accompanied by serious vascular alterations, exophthalmic goiter, the tendency to pulmonary hemorrhages, and very high or markedly lowered blood pressure. Diathermy is indicated in chronic disease of the heart characterized by painful sensations and mild myocardial lesions of a dystrophic type. The beneficial effect of the treatment manifests itself in

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