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December 1953

MECHANICAL ADJUVANT FOR DERMATOLOGICAL BATHS

Author Affiliations

MEDICAL CORPS. UNITED STATES ARMY

From the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Walter Reed Army Hospital, the Dermatology and Syphilology Section, Lieut. Col. William N. Piper, Chief, and the Physical Medicine Service, Lieut. Col. John F. Kuitert, Chief.

AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1953;68(6):726-728. doi:10.1001/archderm.1953.01540120110015
Abstract

Recently a portable apparatus, the Vibra-Bath1 has been developed which has proved a dependable therapeutic adjuvant for dermatology. This apparatus makes possible any combination of medicated or cleansing baths with gentle mechanical cleansing, effleurage, and percussion and compression massage, with or without heat, in an easily available manner through the utilization of closely packed air bubbles delivered through varying water depths. The physiological principles and mechanical benefits of hydromassage have been understood and utilized in physical therapy clinics for many years. The application of hydromassage in the management of certain dermatological conditions has been limited only by the availability of this means of treatment to the dermatologists.

The unit, operating on normal house current and weighing less than 19 lb. (8.6 kg.), consists of a power unit, air-flow tube, and a Vibra plate. A control panel, located on the power unit, consists of three switches—power, heat, and

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