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February 21, 1942

Physical Medicine: The Employment of Physical Agents for Diagnosis and Therapy

JAMA. 1942;118(8):677. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830080109036

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Somewhat belatedly comes this review of a book which has already established fully its place in medical practice. In a single volume here are outlined the main branches of physical medicine including the use of heat, light, electricity, water, massage and similar methods, with special chapters on the direct application of these methods to the control of disease, the methods of teaching physical medicine and the use of physical methods in the hospital. The work begins with a fascinating history of the introduction of physical methods which, of course, were among the very earliest used by primitive men. It is a far cry indeed to the present basing of physical methods on actual knowledge of anatomy, physiology and physics, from the empirical use of methods in the natural hot springs of the pre-Christian era. The very large section on heat discusses all the different methods by which heat is employed

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