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This book, which is Volume IV of the "Physical Medicine Library" series, is undoubtedly the most recent comprehensive textbook on therapeutic electricity and ultraviolet radiation. This volume does not include electrodiagnostic procedures, the subject of Volume I of the series, or "Therapeutic Heat," the title of Volume II. It deals basically with electric stimulation and ultraviolet radiation. The neurologist would be most interested in the excellent chapter on clinical electric stimulation by Dr. G. Keith Stillwell. In this chapter the nature of electric stimulation is discussed, along with the rationale for its use primarily in denervated skeletal muscle but also in other clinical situations. Animal studies aimed at determining the minimal amount of electric stimulation that can provide the optimal retardation of atrophy are described, along with the reasons for teaching certain patients how to use a simple home stimulator.
For those intrigued by the physics of instrumentation, the chapter
Archibald KC. Therapeutic Electricity and Ultraviolet Radiation. AMA Arch Neurol. 1959;1(6):701–702. doi:10.1001/archneur.1959.03840060123006
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