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April 10, 1915

Text-Book of Massage and Remedial Gymnastics.

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(15):1269. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570410067042

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In these unregenerate days of various drugless therapy sects, it is encouraging to find a text-book of massage by an author who fully realizes the ultimate dependence of such methods on a correct diagnosis and physiologic indications. In the introduction, this author says, among the rules to be observed by those practicing massage:

"No case should be undertaken except under the direction, or at least with the consent, of a doctor."

"Absolute loyalty and obedience to the doctor in charge of the case should be observed, and also strict reticence in regard to the patient's name and private concerns."

"Massage is contra-indicated in case of tumor, abscesses, aneurysms, in the early stages of thrombosis, tuberculous joints, diseases of the skin, acute inflammation of the kidneys, extreme fatty degeneration of the heart, acute neuritis, and in acute constitutional diseases."

Part I, which includes the first half of the book, is devoted

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