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June 21, 1958

The Principles and Practice of Diathermy

JAMA. 1958;167(8):1052. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990250124022

Over half of this book is devoted to the basic physics and biophysics of short wave diathermy. These well-described, fundamental principles are as applicable in the United States as they are in the United Kingdom, and the use of British terminology should not trouble the American reader. The text gives scant attention to microwave diathermy, which apparently is far more widely used in the United States than in the United Kingdom. It is gratifying to note that the author clearly sets forth the medical reason for using diathermy, namely, its ability to heat tissues, and he does not contend that there are therapeutic nonthermal effects. There are good descriptions of the techniques of the medical application of short wave diathermy and appropriate recommendations as to safeguards and contraindications. There is an alltoo-brief chapter on surgical diathermy. This text is recommended for use by any physician interested in diathermy. It should

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