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June 1, 1912

Physikalische Heilkunde.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(22):1718. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260060067041

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The author, who is connected with the hydrotherapeutic establishment of the University of Berlin, has written a clear and brief account of physical methods of treating disease. The first section is devoted to exercise and its effect on muscles, nervous system, circulation, digestion, skin, kidneys, etc. The effects of various kinds of exercise such as sports, gymnastics, and massage are described carefully. Rest is also considered, though more briefly. The second section is devoted to thermic methods of treatment. After a consideration of the general subject of bodily temperature, the physical and physiologic effects of different temperatures are discussed. In this section the subject of climate also is described. Air and water baths are then described in some detail. A third section is devoted to light cures; a fourth, to electricity; a fifth, to the influence of physical forces on human beings in their various ages or periods of growth,

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