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In the introduction of this volume Dr. Harry E. Mock, chairman of the Council on Physical Therapy, calls attention to the fact that at the close of the reconstruction period after the war the situation in physical therapy rivaled that of the palmy days of "patent medicines" when both the medical profession and the public were flooded with often unwarranted and too many therapeutic claims for physical therapy methods and apparatus. A definite authority was needed to bring about order in the existing chaos, at least so far as organized medicine was concerned, and the Council on Physical Therapy set about with the means and men at its disposal to do this work. The present volume represents a large part of the efforts of the Council to place the use of physical measures on a sound and scientific basis, to separate propaganda from real facts, as far as the use
Handbook of Physical Therapy. This Volume Contains Articles by Various Authors That Have Been Adopted and Authorized for Publication by the Council on Physical Therapy of the American Medical Association.. JAMA. 1932;99(6):500-501. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740580068043