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October 23, 1937

Die Praxis der physikalischen Therapie: Ein Lehrbuch für Ärzte und Studierende

JAMA. 1937;109(17):1392. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780430070043

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This volume is a combination of two earlier textbooks, Laqueur's of the same title, dealing mainly with hydrotherapy and thermotherapy, and Kowarschik's book on electrotherapy. Laqueur, who was for many years head of the physical therapy department at the Municipal Virchow Hospital in Berlin, is now director of that department in the model hospital in the capital of new Turkey. The first half of the volume deals with effects and technics with chapters on hydrotherapy, thermotherapy, balneotherapy (hydriatic applications combined with special chemical and physical stimuli), light therapy and heliotherapy, electrotherapy, massage and mechanotherapy. Special emphasis is placed on the underlying biophysical principles. In the opinion of the authors, short wave diathermy embodies no new principle of treatment and has no specific action. The assertion that short wave therapy would eliminate the necessity for surgery in purulent infections of the skin is not justified. The second half of the volume

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