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August 6, 1938

Massage and Remedial Exercises in Medical and Surgical Conditions

JAMA. 1938;111(6):564. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790320076043

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This book is unusual because it makes a definite attempt to show a logical relationship between a pathologic condition and its treatment with massage and exercises. Lay persons engaged in physical therapy as a profession are apt to overlook the important medical aspect of a problem. They utilize physical methods as a panacea for all afflictions and there seems to be no theoretical reason for various forms of therapy. Sister Tidy has written a valuable book because it is as much a synopsis of medicine and surgery as it is a textbook on physical treatment. She has borrowed freely, and with proper acknowledgment, from medical literature and has utilized the textbooks of such men as Tubby, Mennell and Bohler among others. The subject matter is well organized and complete. The print is small and the volume is loaded with essential information. The illustrations and diagrams are good and well placed.

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