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April 1937

TREATMENT OF OCCLUSIVE ARTERIAL DISEASE OF THE EXTREMITIES BY PASSIVE VASCULAR EXERCISE: REPORT OF SIXTY-EIGHT CASES

Author Affiliations

Professor of Medicine; Assistant in Medicine IOWA CITY

From the Department of Internal Medicine, the State University of Iowa.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1937;59(4):705-713. doi:10.1001/archinte.1937.00170200147012
Abstract

The old idea that the minute volume of blood flowing through distal parts of the body can be increased by lowering the pressure of the air in contact with these parts, which was first utilized therapeutically over a hundred years ago, has been revived again recently and, chiefly through the efforts of Louis G. Herrmann, has been applied on a larger scale than ever before in the treatment of occlusive arterial disease of the extremities. The history of this method, illuminated by voluminous quotations and an exhaustive bibliography, the theory on which it is based and the modern technic of its application are given in Herrmann's1 monograph, but many more data bearing on the results of its employment must be tabulated before its value and applicability can be ascertained exactly. It is to help satisfy that desideratum that this report2 is presented.

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