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December 18, 1926

A Practice of Physiotherapy.

JAMA. 1926;87(25):2117. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680250075043

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This is an odd mixture of good electrophysics, much poor pathology, positive assertions backed by too little clinical evidence or none at all, an inordinate use of the editorial "we" and the pronoun "I," and quixotic tilting with self-erected windmills. Despite this, much of the treatment outlined is good, though in numerous instances the author's concept of the underlying pathologic basis is not in accord with that generally accepted. The portions dealing with diathermy, ultraviolet rays and static electricity are well written. The excessive use of the so-called ionizing dose of roentgen ray conceivably might result in disaster both to the tyro in this work and to his patients. The treatment of locomotor ataxia and typhoid needs much more clinical evidence before it can be considered even empirically. The concept of the pathology of these diseases also requires much more scientific proof. The chapters on massage and hydrotherapy are rather

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