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July 15, 1939

Short-Wave Therapy: The Medical Uses of Electrical High Frequencies

JAMA. 1939;113(3):255-256. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800280067028

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Abstract

This English translation of Schliephake's third German edition not only is increased in size but contains a technical contribution by Rhode and an index, both of which were omitted in the first translation. Schliephake's concept that short wave therapy, in which he is an acknowledged pioneer, is a method entirely independent of classic diathermy, is not shared by many other authorities. This concept perhaps explains his rather acrimonious attitude of denying particular credit to the epochal labors of the French savant d'Arsonval in the face of the historical fact that without his fundamental labors in the field of electrophysiology there would be neither diathermy nor short wave therapy. In a foreword by Cumberbatch is presented the conservative attitude of British workers, who hold the pragmatic view that deep heating is the distinctive feature of this measure of physical therapy, but at the same time he leaves a loophole for the

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