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April 29, 1939

The 1938 Year Book of Physical Therapy

JAMA. 1939;112(17):1755-1756. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800170101032

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This is the initial yearbook of physical therapy, aimed to serve the large body of medical men and their assistants in the use of physical energies in almost every field of medical practice. The editor states that he was attempting to meet "the constantly increasing, and in many respects spectacular, development of physical energies in the treatment of disease and injury during recent years." He says further that he wished to cover three main fields in physical therapy, namely (1) new developments in basic research and practical application, (2) the present status of clinical usage and (3) the types of treatments largely unknown in this country, in order to stimulate interest and research along such lines as health resorts and spas, the use of natural therapeutic resources and climatotherapy, and physical education in the practice of medicine.

The book has two parts, one on the methods and apparatus of physical

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