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November 5, 1932

Medical Electricity for Students.

JAMA. 1932;99(19):1629-1630. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740710073045

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This is written by a technician for students of physical therapy. Eighty-one pages is devoted to a nonmathematical discussion of the elementary principles of electricity and magnetism and as such offers a condensed and practical introduction to the subject. Part two, of fifty-six pages, describes the make-up and operation of apparatus; the clinical efficacy of some of the devices has been questioned scientifically. The discussion in part three, on electrical treatment, might have a tendency to encourage quackery. For instance, constant current is recommended for the absorption of inflammatory products in infantile paralysis and myelitis. It is possible that free-lance technicians might be led astray by the recommendation that constant current will relieve spastic paralysis.