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November 30, 1918

Gymnastic Treatment for Joint and Muscle Disabilities.

JAMA. 1918;71(22):1850-1851. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600480066029

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In this little book the author sketches his method of gymnastic treatment of joint and muscle disabilities among wounded soldiers, employing apparatus of the simplest sort, and having in view always the quickest possible return of the man to his military duties or, if permanently invalided, to the best possible working and earning condition. While giving due credit to massage, passive motion, either manual or mechanical, he deprecates the prolonged keeping of these patients under such treatment, and insists that much time is wasted; frequently the patient is hospitalized and allowed to deteriorate, when by proper gymnastic methods not only is he educated in the "will to do" for himself, but practical and remarkable improvement is quickly arrived at by the method he teaches. Every detail of the gymnastic methods employed should be familiar to the one who attempts to apply them. They are simple but effective. The author says

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