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March 1, 1930

On Prescribing Physical Treatment.

JAMA. 1930;94(9):658. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02710350058031

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Of the eight chapters in this book, four are devoted to a description of the anatomy of the skin, its physiology, the effect of treatment and an exposition of the various forms of hydrotherapy. Electrotherapy is limited to three chapters, and includes a discussion of galvanism and its various modifications and technics; faradism, and the now discarded Bergonié treatment for obesity; the sinusoidal current and electric water baths; static electricity, and the various forms of high frequency currents. The last chapter discusses the entire range of natural and artificial ultraviolet radiation. To include all the measures utilized in physical therapy, the sketchy, outline style was adopted. This method has its virtues as well as its drawbacks. The voluminous material is presented in a dogmatic fashion. And in the absence of that rounded detail which appeals to all critical students, the bare data will have little weight on the already established

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