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January 13, 1951

Electrotherapy and Actinotherapy

JAMA. 1951;145(2):125. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920200065042

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This presentation of two subjects in the field of physical therapy is based on two previous books by the same author and is designed for use as a textbook for students. In part 1, electrotherapy is treated systematically, beginning with the fundamentals of electricity and progressing through descriptions of electrical equipment to the application of direct current, alternating current and diathermy. In part 2, under "actinotherapy," the author discusses the physics of radiation and the basis of treatments utilizing infra-red and ultraviolet radiations. Part 3 indicates the uses to which electrotherapy and actinotherapy have been put in treating diseases of joints, muscles, bones, the nervous system, the skin and other parts.

This book contains much material of interest and value and will be helpful to many students. It is written in an easy, almost loose style; the illustrations are casual to the point of crudity. These latter characteristics exemplify a

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