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January 3, 1931

Medical Gymnastics and Massage in General Practice.

JAMA. 1931;96(1):64. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720270066039

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Medical gymnastics undoubtedly has a place in the treatment of certain disorders. For posture defects, for deformities and for inflammations of the muscles, nerves and joints, such treatment tends to hasten recovery and relieve symptoms. In this book are described many morbid conditions that may respond to gymnastics and massage. The methods of treatment are outlined but the various exercises are not described in detail. The author has fallen into that error which so often occurs in presenting a special type of therapy—the error of attempting to make the treatment cover too wide a field. It is difficult to understand how patients with pharyngitis, gastric catarrh and pleurisy will be benefited by gymnastics. However, it is well that all physicians have some knowledge of the scope of medical gymnastics, and this book will aid in supplying it.

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