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January 2, 1943

Massage, Manipulation and Local Anaesthesia

JAMA. 1943;121(1):90. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840010092034

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This monograph opens with the statement that "this work is intended primarily for graduate masseuses and for the medical practitioners from whom they receive instructions." In the United States most medical men instructing physical therapy technicians would not recommend the book to their students because many of the procedures described have never before been published and many of the technics presented would have to be verified by a physician before he could recommend them.

Among the many subjects dealt with for the first time, attention may be drawn to the author's technic for the treatment of spastic conditions of the alimentary tract by manipulation of the intestine. The author believes that great improvement, even cure of long standing abdominal disorders, can be achieved by manual treatment of the gastrointestinal tract. Considerable experience and the use of controls will be required to substantiate the author's statements "Paradoxically enough, constipation is harmless

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