October 1941

Physical Medicine.

Author Affiliations

By Frank H. Krusen, M.D., Associate Professor of Physical Medicine, the Mayo Foundation, University of Minnesota, and Head of the Section on Physical Therapy, the Mayo Clinic. Price, $10. Pp. XVI + 846, with 351 illustrations. Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders Company, 1941.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1941;68(4):848. doi:10.1001/archinte.1941.00200100187012

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This is a worth while undertaking: a textbook on physical medicine designed for students, practitioners and specialists. It is admirably planned, beginning with a fine historical account of how modern physical therapy came into being. There follow chapters devoted to various phases of physical therapy—heat, light, electricity, water, exercise, rest, massage, etc. Each chapter is delightfully written, telling the story so simply that the general reader finds it readily comprehensible, yet at the same time in such fashion that the expert can get helpful information. To combine what a highly trained specialist may wish to find in a new textbook on any phase of medicine with what the physician in general practice or the student ought to learn of an unfamiliar subject in so large a field requires great literary skill.

The author has been well trained in the art of medical writing and realizes the cardinal virtues of clarity,

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