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August 10, 1957

Text-Book of Orthopaedic Medicine. Volume II: Treatment by Manipulation and Massage

JAMA. 1957;164(15):1721. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980150089026

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This book uses the same general outline and principles as those used in volume I. Unfortunately, the author repeatedly makes dogmatic statements, indicating that his opinion is correct to the total exclusion of anyone else's. He gives no experimental proof by either animal investigation or histological sections to support the validity of many of his statements. One might agree with the statements that much of the so-called physiotherapy that is applied is totally useless but not with the statement that every condition the author lists under his treatment schedule can be dramatically cured by deep friction massage. The amount of force he uses in traction is not without danger. He states that stretching of the neck with 100 lb. of traction can increase the distance from the first thoracic to the fourth cervical vertebra by 7 to 8 cm. but gives no roentgenographic proof. It would seem that such an

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