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October 28, 1922

Massage and Medical Gymnastics.

JAMA. 1922;79(18):1542-1543. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640180076037

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Since the war, physicians have been taking a deep interest in those therapeutic adjuncts embodied under the general term of physical reconstruction—occupational therapy, physical therapy (the latter includes massage), mechanotherapy, hydrotherapy and medical gymnastics. This book makes one realize that we have gone only a short distance in our knowledge of physical reconstruction methods, as concerns massage and medical gymnastics especially. The book opens up a broad field of research and endeavor for our entire profession, and especially for those who have learned the lesson that our end-results will be judged henceforth by the amount of functional restoration secured for our patients. At the outset, the author corrects false impressions spread by some teachers and practitioners, retarding the adoption of physical therapy. Claims and misstatements which have brought the method into disrepute with the scientific minds in the medical profession form a handicap which a true, scientific form of physiotherapy

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