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The first edition of the Handbook of Physical Medicine is actually the fourth edition of the Handbook of Physical Therapy. It was prepared under the auspices of the Council on Physical Medicine of the American Medical Association. Physical medicine includes the diagnosis and treatment of disease by various nonmedical means. It employs 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 and treatment of disease.
The Handbook of Physical Medicine represents a summary of the efforts of the Council during a twenty year period to separate the beneficial from the useless in this form of therapy, to evaluate the various physical therapeutic agents and the methods of their employment and to protect the medical profession from the snares and pitfalls found in this field.
When Dr. Joseph F. Smith brought a resolution before
Handbook of Physical Medicine. JAMA. 1945;128(11):835. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860280061022
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