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September 4, 1937

Kurzwellentherapie in der Praxis

JAMA. 1937;109(10):817-818. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780360065034

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Although there is no dearth of monographs on short wave diathermy, the present small and inexpensive volume is in many respects a worthy addition to the literature. Raab fully realizes that the early overenthusiasm has led to many disappointments and that a number of theoretical concepts have been erroneous. He has sifted facts from fancy on the basis of his own extensive clinical experience, and while he has made extensive use of the literature—he includes 149 articles and monographs in the bibliography—he has accepted nothing as granted. Moot problems, such as the selectivity of certain wavelengths for special tissues, have been treated objectively and conservatively. He stresses the need for thorough familiarity with the underlying biophysical fundamentals, which he presents in the first sixty-two pages. To be clinically successful, the method must be applied intelligently in the sense of proper indications, dosage, selection of electrodes and their technics of application.

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