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May 10, 1952

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for the Aged

JAMA. 1952;149(2):210. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930190112047

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As the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation grows, there is an increased need for books that discuss its applications in the various fields of medicine. This monograph relates clearly, yet briefly, the usefulness of physical medicine and rehabilitation in the field of geriatrics. A two page chapter outlines the physiological changes in the aged that influence response to treatment. The next chapter briefly describes therapeutic physical agents, such as water, electricity, radiant energy, and mechanical force. It is unfortunate that, in the latter portion of this chapter, reference is made to the Zander apparatus, which has little therapeutic value for the younger patient and might result in frightening consequences if used on the aged. The chapter on application of physical medicine in specific medical conditions, describes the treatment of various forms of arthritis and related disorders in general terms. A section on spa therapy is included, with special reference

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