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August 6, 1910

High-Frequency Electric Currents in Medicine and Dentistry.

JAMA. 1910;55(6):524. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330060076037

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We confess our inability to take this volume seriously. It is one of the many works with which electrotherapeutics is burdened, which commingle fact and fancy (as the workaday man sees things) until the statement of the subject is hopelessly discounted to the mind of the matter-of-fact reader. The author begins with a long fable; and the rest of the work seems to us a mixture of fable, poetry, romance and other products of the imagination. Not that we would imply that the author is insincere. Far from that. He has the sincerity that comes from unbounding enthusiasm and endless confidence in his therapeutic agent—a confidence and enthusiasm that amount to ecstasy. And while ecstasy may produce poetry, it is not the mental state to record or weigh cold physical facts. "As the vision of the resplendent structure [high-frequency electrotherapy we suppose he means] rises before our therapeutic eye we

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