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January 1931

The Action of Muscles Including Muscle Rest and Muscle Re-Education.

Arch NeurPsych. 1931;25(1):223-224. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1931.02230010235027

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A knowledge of the action of muscles and their reeducation following disease is of primary interest not only to the orthopedic surgeon but also to the neurologist. This excellent book, which originally appeared in 1918, has been revised and a second edition has just been issued. It differs little from the first with the exception that there is a special section dealing with erect posture with which every system in the body is correlated.

The book begins by a statement of principles. This part, which includes fifty-five pages, is an excellent presentation of how muscle paralyses should be tested and how treatment should be applied. For example, the author makes the statement that in poliomyelitis no massage or electricity should be applied until recovery has taken place. This no doubt will come as a shock to most neurologists and orthopedic surgeons who are accustomed to order one or both methods

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