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October 18, 1924

Modern Methods of Treatment.

JAMA. 1924;83(16):1265. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660160055031

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This new book on therapeutics may be a sign of the times. It aims to present a more adequate balance of remedial measures than is generally achieved by books on therapeutics. "Most of them... devote space to drugs or to some other form of therapy to the loss or exclusion of other forms." This book includes a study of drugs—only those of practical importance—biologic remedies, dietetics, heat and cold, mechanotherapy, electrotherapy, radiotherapy, climate, psychotherapy, and such miscellaneous subjects as punctures, transfusion, the fitting of corsets, and the therapeutic use of adhesive tape. Occupation therapy seems to be missing. In Part II, the treatment of various diseases is taken up, in general in quite a practical manner.

One regrets to find numerous errors in the very prescriptions that are set down as examples in prescription writing: e. g., "acetphenitidium" instead of "acetphenetidim" or "soda" instead of "sodii" or "aqua" instead of

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