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April 1936


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Laryngology, Rhinology and Otology, University of Illinois College of Medicine.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1936;23(4):429-440. doi:10.1001/archotol.1936.00640040438004

Physical therapy has become part and parcel of scientific medicine and surgery only recently. Though natural remedies have instinctively been resorted to by mankind in its most primitive stage, it was not until scientific research was sufficiently developed to free many phases of medicine from empiricism that the duad of pharmacal and operative therapy could be enlarged to a triad by the inclusion of physical therapy. Not until means were found to explain why light, air and heat are beneficial in health and disease and not until certain epochal discoveries in physics and technology enriched the therapeutic armamentarium was physical medicine accorded its present scientific status. One need only think of the advances made possible through the discovery of the incandescent light bulb, of the roentgen rays and of the radio to appreciate their importance to scientific medicine.

As one began to realize the clinical value of physical

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