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July 26, 1924


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JAMA. 1924;83(4):266-270. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660040036012

During ten years devoted to internal medicine and more particularly to cardiovascular diseases, I have seen many persons complaining of heart pains. A large percentage of these pains had been diagnosed, I believe erroneously, as angina pectoris, my examination frequently disclosing the cause of the pains to be a neuralgia or myalgia of the chest wall. The slow and often unsatisfactory results obtained in treating these conditions with rest, medicines, conductive and convective heat, and other time honored remedies, led me to investigate diathermy, which is the only method I know of whereby it is possible to apply physiologic heat to tissues beneath the surface.

A proper technic is as important in diathermy as in any other therapeutic measure. Indeed, it is my firm conviction that a better judgment and a broader general knowledge of medicine are required in the proper application of diathermy and in the selection of cases

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