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October 28, 1950

A Manual of Physical Therapy

JAMA. 1950;144(9):808. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920090082058

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Abstract

The fourth edition of this book, like its predecessors, is a storehouse of stimulating and valuable information. The newer material, such as that on the magnetron, on corrective therapy, rehabilitation and therapeutic exercise, seems especially interesting and is well illustrated. The older and more fundamental portions, by contrast, seem to have suffered from neglect. In the historical chapter, a student might easily be misled by the statement ascribed to Hippocrates that cold water warms the body, by the quotation from Floyer to the effect that cold strengthens the fibers of the heart and by the sweeping assertion that every Roman house had a solarium. In the introduction to galvanic current, likewise, a student may be misled by the opening statement that the galvanic current "consists of an interrupted, unidirectional flow of electrons" and by the listing of wall plates as the "simplest types of galvanic generators." On page 99 the

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