By R. W. Amidon, a.m., m.d. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. 1884. Cloth, 93 pp.
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The book embodies the lectures delivered in the course on therapeutics at the Woman's Medical College of the New York Infirmary. The author carries out the plan of his work so successfully that a quotation from the preface is the best possible review.
Of the use of electricity he says: "Its showiness, its instantaneous and startling physiological effects, and its name, popularly synonymous with life, have long made and will long continue to make it a fashionable remedy, a cure-all for imaginary diseases, a popular placebo, a gold mine for charlatans and symptom-treating physicians, who let their patients make the diagnosis and suggest the treatment."
In mitigation of these evils the aim of the writer has been, first, to present that amount of the subject of electro-physics necessary to the proper understanding of the construction and use of medical batteries; second, to point out the common, gross physiological effects of
Student's Manual of Electro-Therapeutics. JAMA. 1884;III(18):504. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390670028014
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