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JAMA Revisited
January 9, 2018

Book Notices

JAMA. 2018;319(2):197. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.12193

Originally Published January 12, 1918 | JAMA. 1918;70(2):123.

Massage: Its Principles and Practice. By James B. Mennell, M.A., M.D., B.C., Medical Officer, Physico-Therapeutic Department, St. Thomas’ Hospital. With an Introduction by Sir Robert Jones, C.B., F.R.C.S., Colonel R. A. M. C., Inspector of Military Orthopedics. Cloth. Price, $3 net. Pp. 359, with 135 illustrations. Philadelphia: P. Blakiston’s Son & Co., 1917.

This book is written by a physician of national reputation in Great Britain, whose education and experience in massage have been coincidental with, and modified by, a thorough medical training and a scientific habit of thought. The limitations and possible harmfulness of massage and exercises, as therapeutic measures, are pointed out and explained with the same care as are its indications and benefits; in fact, the book is written in a spirit of reasonable conservatism, evidently the result of thoughtful investigation. In no book that has come to the reviewer’s hand has there been such clear and logical explanations of the results obtained by different forms of massage and of the indications for definite manipulations and maneuvers in different conditions, as in this one of Mennell’s.

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