Heat, if it could be applied properly and controlled adequately, might be of value in the amelioration of symptoms, and perhaps to some degree arrest the progress in certain diseases. Theoretically, the application of the high frequency electric current offers a possibility in this respect. The therapeutic use of this type of electric current has become popularized under the name of "medical diathermy." This has been used in the treatment of certain cardiovascular diseases, especially angina pectoris, and because of its possibilities in the latter condition the study here reported was undertaken. In spite of the fact that this type of electric current has been used in the treatment of disease for more than thirty years, there are relatively few scientific investigations of a clinical nature reported in the literature. The work presented here, which was started in 1925, is an experimental study of the application of medical diathermy to
BROWN CL, ALT HL, LEVINE SA. THE EFFECT OF DIATHERMY ON THE CIRCULATION: SOME EXPERIMENTAL OBSERVATIONS. JAMA. 1927;89(11):875–880. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690110039014
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