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September 24, 1938

Current Comment

JAMA. 1938;111(13):1190. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790390046015

NEW FILMS ON PHYSICAL THERAPY  To stress the importance of physical therapy as an adjunct to the practice of medicine and surgery, the Council on Physical Therapy is utilizing motion pictures as an educational medium. These deal with the value of simple measures such as heat, light, massage and therapeutic exercise, including underwater movements. Apparently one reason why physical therapy has not been accorded more widespread acceptance on the part of the general practitioner is its close association, in his mind, with "machine therapy." This unfortunate connotation has disturbed physicians in some localities. While it is true that the machine is a useful adjunct to the practice of medicine in certain instances, at least 90 per cent of the good accomplished by physical therapy results from the use of simple measures. The new films prepared recently and now available for loan to those wishing them for educational purposes include:Aids