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January 2, 1943

RESULTS WITH LOCAL HEATING IN PELVIC INFLAMMATORY DISEASES

Author Affiliations

MEDICAL SECTION, AIR CORPS, UNITED STATES ARMY; San Francisco

From the Department of Gynecology and the Department of Physical Therapy, University of California Hospital.

JAMA. 1943;121(1):38-41. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.62840010001009

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Abstract

We are presenting the results of heating tissue locally in the treatment of pelvic inflammatory diseases. The types of apparatus used consisted of the Elliott machine, the short wave machine and the conventional diathermy machine. One hundred carefully selected patients were taken for the study. The three most prevalent factors causing the pelvic conditions were gonorrhea, postabortal infections and postoperative complications. Our aim was not to "sterilize" the pelvis of gonorrheal organisms by long continued high temperatures but to assist in the resolution and absorption of inflammatory tissue in all chronic pelvic inflammations.

The principal aim of any piece of therapeutic apparatus is to attempt to heal tissue and not to kill it or render the cells incapable of regeneration from disease processes or of further physiologic growth. Roentgen rays if improperly used are capable of irreparable damage to tissues, but placed in competent hands they are of inestimable value.

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