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November 24, 1951

Les ultra-sons appliqués à la médecine

JAMA. 1951;147(13):1307. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670300121043

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The rapidity with which clinical literature on ultrasound has accumulated is astonishing. The report on the 1949 congress on the subject in Erlangen gave a bibliography of 554 references, and a large exhaustive bibliography has recently been supplied by Curry. The present contribution by Dénier summarizes the subject for French readers. It is unfortunately quite uncritical, and the illustration opposite page 96, showing the application of ultrasound to a patient's solar plexus, is typical. The new modality is recommended for everything from enuresis to gingivitis; on page 81 good results are claimed for asthma, and on page 124 the author states that there is nothing to lose by trying ultrasonotherapy for deafness before fenestration. Doubt as to the accuracy of the contents of this book is increased by the unusual number of errors in the bibliography. The "Blades" named on page 67 is a well-known American scientist, and the "Harward"

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