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October 22, 1927

Die physikalische Therapie des praktischen Arztes. Herleitung allgemein gültiger Behandlungsregeln.

JAMA. 1927;89(17):1449. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690170073042

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The title of this brochure is somewhat misleading, as the author, a follower of Schweninger, devotes the greater part of the volume to the study of hydriatrics. This shortcoming, however, is fully compensated for by the completeness of the author's investigation and the clarity with which the subject matter is treated. Hydrotherapy is fully described in a condensed form, and its historical evolution prior to and following the school of Winternitz is critically surveyed. Studies of the effect of hot, cold and steam baths, partial bathing and complete bathing on the skin, vasomotor and circulatory systems are fully recorded. The value of short or fractional bathing, popularly known as hot or cold packs, and localized steam baths is greatly stressed by the author, and the physiologic response on the cardiovascular system is fully illustrated by various plethysmographic and electrocardiographic tracings. It is the author's contention that the neglected practice of

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