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March 21, 1925

Physio-Therapy in General Practice and for the Use of Masseuses.

JAMA. 1925;84(12):917. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660380053037

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This volume contains a brief description of treatments with massage, exercise, radiant heat, and the faradic and galvanic currents, but no mention is made of diathermy, heliotherapy or phototherapy and almost nothing is said of hydrotherapy. In order to help the medical practitioner unacquainted with massage and medical exercises, a brief introductory chapter describing these forms of treatment is included. Chapters are included giving specific directions for treating particular fractures, dislocations and other injuries; also some medical conditions, such as heart diseases, pleurisy and empyema. Crawling exercises, introduced by Klapp for the treatment of scoliosis, are described rather fully by the author, who finds them valuable for improving the mobility of the spine and strengthening the chest muscles. The book is too brief to admit enough detail to render it of much use except as a primer in instructing assistants in some of the fundamentals in physical treatment.

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