February 17, 1934

The Principles of Treatment of Muscles and Joints by Graduated Muscular Contractions

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By Morton Smart, C.V.O., D.S.O., M.D. Cloth. Price, $3.75. Pp. 217, with 4 illustrations. New York & London: Oxford University Press, 1933.

JAMA. 1934;102(7):564. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750070062029

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The object of this book is to present the treatment of injuries to muscles and joints and their sequelae by the method of graduated muscular contractions and to describe the electrical unit used and the technic of its application. The author emphasizes the importance of the restoration of muscle function after all types of injuries. He calls attention to the fact that when a joint is injured nearly every other component part receives some kind of treatment. While graduated muscular contraction treatment is not new, it was popularized by the author. A muscle, he points out, is a highly sensitive structure with power to respond to a variety of stimuli and when in a healthy state is capable, by its tone and its inherent power to contract, of acting as a guard to a joint by intercepting any sudden stresses that might cause damage to other joint structures. A knowledge

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