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The first volume of this work was reviewed in these columns when it appeared, some months ago. In this, the second volume, the therapeutic uses of electricity are discussed.
In considering the therapeutic value of electricity one must distinguish clearly between the effects of electricity as a physical agent and the effects of electricity per se, as for instance in the use of the ordinary galvanic or faradic current or the so-called franklinization. That distinet local effects of a physiochemical nature may be produced by electricity is unquestioned; but it is doubtful if any such things exist as intangible and mysterious therapeutic effects in general conditions or even in local conditions. On this phase of the subject some of the contributors to this volume at times are quite frank. Thus, in a chapter devoted to the factors which have a beneficial influence, it is stated, concerning the beneficial effects of
Handbuch der Gesamten Medizinischen Anwendungen der Elektrizität, Einschliesslich der Röntgenlehre.. JAMA. 1912;LIX(25):2280–2281. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270140084041
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