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November 10, 1951

Manual Therapy

JAMA. 1951;147(11):1089. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670280091043

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This monograph provides the reader with a simple and clear explanation of Mennell's concept of joint manipulation. The reader may not agree with Mennell's first basic law to be observed in restoring lost joint motion: "The movements which are not under voluntary control must always be restored before those that are under voluntary control." Nevertheless, these opinions based on Dr. Mennell's vast knowledge of human anatomy are worthy of critical consideration by the physician concerned with the problem of restoration of lost joint motion. The chapters on massage, passive movements, assisted movements, and resisted movements, cannot possibly present these subjects in any detail in this small monograph. They do contain some interesting comments based on the author's many years of clinical experience. There is no bibliography.

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