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March 1, 1941

Diathermy: Short Wave Therapy, Inductothermy, Epithermy

JAMA. 1941;116(9):901. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820090101030

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This small volume attempts to evaluate the physical and clinical action of high frequency currents embraced under the major caption of diathermy. Its purpose is to present the fundamental principles in such an elementary fashion as to render them comprehensible to that large group of practitioners interested in but unfamiliar with its therapeutic possibilities. Unfortunately, in attempting to present a total picture within what might be termed a constricted framework the author succumbed to certain faults broadly attributable to imperfect balance of his literary material and enthusiasms that lack the basis of objective experience. In the space of ten chapters Beaumont devotes nearly 80 per cent of his exposition to the elaboration of old data associated with that diminishing practice called conventional diathermy and the remainder to a sketchy evaluation of the most recent innovations in short wave diathermy and its therapeutic modulations. Apart from the fact that short wave

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