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April 1924


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By Harry Eaton Stewart, M.D., Attending Specialist in Physiotherapy, U. S. Marine Hospital, New York: Paul H. Hoeber, Inc., Price $3.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1924;33(4):533. doi:10.1001/archinte.1924.00110280131014

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The introductory chapter of this book is devoted to a general discussion, including brief reference to the use of diathermy in the U. S. Marine service during the war, and to some general remarks, especially in regard to pneumonia.

The second chapter discusses diathermy technic, including the method of application to various portions of the body, and the diseased condition to which it is applicable. The reviewer is rather skeptical of its value in some of the conditions recommended by the author, as "simple myocardial conditions," to "accelerate absorption of clot after hemiplegia." "In those conditions where general cerebral degeneration sets in, due to arteriosclerosis, this current is a rival of galvanism in its effect on improving the nutrition of brain cells."

The third chapter discusses surgical diathermy, chiefly in malignant tumor and tonsils.

Chapters four, five and six are devoted to the treatment of pneumonia. The author reports marked

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