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March 19, 1938

Physical Therapy in Arthritis

JAMA. 1938;110(12):924. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790120066030

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This little book, consisting of 120 pages of reading matter and sixty pages devoted to illustrations, references and index, is essentially a collection of excerpts from the recent American and English literature pertaining to the uses of physical therapy in the treatment of arthritis. For the most part, as the author states in the preface, the text consists of direct quotations from the works reviewed. In many instances these quotations take up almost an entire chapter with but one or two paragraphs of comment by the author. It is disappointing that the book does not reflect the wide experience which the author must have had in his association with a large clinic and that he does not express his own opinions more frequently with reference to the efficacy of the various procedures. For instance, from page 21 to page 29 the full wet pack is described. The patient is stripped

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