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May 31, 1941

Physikalisch-diätetische Therapie nach klinischen Gesichtspunkten

JAMA. 1941;116(22):2553. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820220095029

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This textbook is divided into two main sections. The first section deals with the technic of application, the physiologic effects of physical agents and the fundamentals and administration of therapeutic diets. In the second section the clinical application of physical and dietetic therapy is considered.

The text is a peculiar hodgepodge of good and poor methods of treatment, hydrotherapy, colonic irrigation, thermotherapy, balneology, the use of various types of packs and compresses, light therapy, electrotherapy, including galvanic and faradic therapy and the employment of high frequency currents, mechanotherapy, including massage and manipulation, and the technic of local blood letting and Bier's passive hyperemia. In the part on dietetics, the author includes a discussion of the principles of nutrition, stipulations for the administration of therapeutic diets and indications for their employment in various diseases.

The text is well illustrated, but here again there seems to be little discrimination between what is

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