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December 1959

A Manual of Electrotherapy.

AMA Arch Neurol. 1959;1(6):701. doi:10.1001/archneur.1959.03840060123005

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This book is basically a revision and condensation of Dr. Richard Kovacs' large textbook "Electrotherapy and Light Therapy," with the addition of a section describing the use of ultrasonics in physical medicine. Many of the outdated sections have either been completely omitted or radically revised. In some instances, the original was not sufficiently modified to comply with present clinical practices. For example, the large electric heat cabinet for general body radiation is rarely, if ever, medically indicated according to current trends, although, obviously, certain patients feel more relaxed following such a session; the same effect can usually be accomplished more efficiently by other physical or pharmacologic means.

The title, "A Manual of Electrotherapy," is somewhat misleading, since there is a chapter on electrodiagnosis which would be of more interest to the neurologist than the other sections of the book. Even this chapter, however, emphasizes the older techniques, some of

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