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December 13, 1930

Diathermy Medical and Surgical in Oto-Laryngology.

JAMA. 1930;95(24):1857-1858. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720240067034

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The first chapter of this monograph is devoted to the physics and mechanics of diathermy current and apparatus. The subject of medical diathermy is next discussed and emphasis is laid not merely on the indications but also on the contraindications to its use. In several sections the ear, nose and throat are considered in relation to treatments by means of medical diathermy. It is refreshing to note that McKenzie is quite conservative in his statements regarding the benefits to be derived from the use of this measure in the various middle ear conditions. So many writers have been overenthusiastic with reference to the reduction of tinnitus and the improvement of hearing by means of diathermy that it is gratifying to note that the author does not make extravagant claims. Surgical diathermy is given considerable credit and deservedly so, since it has found extensive application in otolaryngology, particularly in the pharynx

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