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March 4, 1939

The Medical Applications of the Short Wave Current

JAMA. 1939;112(9):874. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800090084031

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There has been much unjustified and largely commercially inspired enthusiasm about the alleged specific therapeutic value of short wave diathermy. This volume is the well directed result of the combined efforts of a competent physical therapist and a physicist with special interest in medical electricity for a critical and broad portrayal of the present status of this new physical therapeutic agent. A short introductory chapter on the history of high frequency therapy is followed by 102 pages of scholarly and exhaustive discussion by Schwarzschild of its physical and technical aspects. In the chapter on physiologic responses Bierman takes the same stand as other conservative observers, that the primary action of the current is essentially due to the heat developed and that so-called nonthermal or specific effects are still to be proved. There is a large and fairly well illustrated chapter on technic. The final and largest chapter deals with clinical

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