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July 23, 1938

Athletic Injuries: Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment

JAMA. 1938;111(4):348. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790300058033

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This is a concise, well written treatise which is designed particularly for physicians who are in charge of athletic squads and is excellent for them although probably too technical for the use of coaches or trainers. The first part covers briefly the anatomy and physiology of the human body as related to physical exercise, the results and importance of training in preventing injury, and some specific procedures for such prevention. The second and third parts deal with specific injuries which are incidental to school and college athletics, their diagnosis and treatment, with numerous illustrations and tables of frequency at Harvard University during the years 1932 to 1937. This material is presented clearly and is well illustrated. Possibly there are few types of medical practice in which there are more differences of opinion than in treatment of athletic injuries, each institution being likely to have some pet strapping for a strained

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