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February 15, 1930

Essentials of Medical Electricity.

JAMA. 1930;94(7):508. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02710330062033

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The first portion of the book deals with the mode of production, action and sources of the electric current. The author lays great stress on the benefits to be derived from the low voltage currents, discussing the galvanic, sinusoidal and faradic currents and their various combinations. The physiologic and chemical effects of these currents are given, with indications for their use and dangers to guard against. The use of acupuncture in the treatment of peripheral neuritis, and the results obtained, are substantiated by case reports. The testing for the reaction of degeneration is taken up in detail. This is of great importance to electrotherapeutists who treat nerve injury cases. The portion devoted to the discussion of the high frequency and static currents should be of great benefit, since it brings this subject down to date, giving the mode of production and the indications and contraindications for their use. The last

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