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The subject is treated under the following headings: A historical outline, the physical aspects of short wave diathermy, experiments in bacteriology and on animals, the technic of short wave diathermy and the clinical application.
De Cholnoky emphasizes that it is wrong to say that short wave diathermy is simple and that it carries no dangers ; it is not magic but a new agent derived from a form of electric energy. It is not a cure-all and should not be applied unless its physical action is understood and the pathologic condition of the patient to be treated is clear. Heat is the most important result, and hence this treatment is indicated in inflammatory disorders. It is superior to other forms of heat therapy because of its deep action. The specific action on bacteria has not been proved. While diathermy gives more heat on the surface, short wave diathermy allows the
Knapp A. Short-Wave Diathermy. Arch Ophthalmol. 1937;18(5):876. doi:10.1001/archopht.1937.00850110192019
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