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February 1927


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From the Laboratory of Clinical Chemistry Presbyterian Hospital.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1927;39(2):281-285. doi:10.1001/archinte.1927.00130020094009

Increasing clinical recognition of the value of physiotherapeutic measures of various kinds makes it desirable to determine, if possible, the precise nature of the changes induced by them. Such information is important for the purpose of standardizing procedure and of ascertaining the indications and limits of practice. With the possible exception of the use of heat, massage constitutes the most valuable single form of physiotherapy. While its importance is recognized in many circles, its full value to medicine is still largely unappreciated. For these several reasons, as well as on broad grounds of physiology, a clearer understanding of its effects would have value. In a previous communication,1 we pointed out that massage differs sharply in its effect from active exercise, with which it would seem to have some analogy. There is considerable evidence that its influence is chiefly, if not solely, through its effect on the circulation, but the real