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August 16, 1947

Therapeutic Exercise

JAMA. 1947;134(16):1444. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880330166029

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This treatise is concise and well presented. It gives the functional treatment of joint structure and mechanics and an adequate coverage of muscle anatomy and physiology. There is an excellent chapter on the brachial and lumbosacral plexus, including a brief clinical discussion of peripheral nerve lesions. The remaining half of the book deals with the physiology and application of therapeutic exercise in general and specifically as applied to different areas and for various disabilities including weak feet, relaxed abdominal wall, scoliosis and posture in general. Separate chapters are devoted to poliomyelitis and spastic paralysis. The book can be highly recommended to physical therapeutists and general practitioners. Unfortunately, as in most textbooks on physical medicine, the collaboration of an orthopedic surgeon is lacking. Such an approach to the subjects covered would more clearly indicate the objectives sought for and the results which can reasonably be expected from physical therapeutics. Unfortunately weight

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