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August 19, 1944

THE FUTURE OF PHYSICAL MEDICINEWITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE BARUCH COMMITTEE ON PHYSICAL MEDICINE

JAMA. 1944;125(16):1093-1097. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850340019007
Abstract

At last the long delayed development of physical medicine seems to be at hand.

Physical medicine includes the employment of the physical and other effective properties of light, heat, cold, water, electricity, massage, manipulation, exercise and mechanical devices for physical and occupational therapy in the diagnosis or treatment of disease.

Physical medicine is applied biophysics. Dr. Alan Gregg,1 medical director of the Rockefeller Foundation, said recently "Among my major hopes, let me record the wish that biophysics may be soon recognized as the brother of biochemistry, even if the time is now too late to consider it a twin.... One of the natural outgrowths of such a preclinical science might be the now long overdue development of physical therapy in this country."

Physical agents are employed not only for therapy but also for diagnosis; therefore the term physical medicine, long in use in England, is gradually replacing the designation

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