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August 1937

Short Wave Diathermy.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1937;26(2):257. doi:10.1001/archotol.1937.00650020273014

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It is difficult for any one to describe in easily understood terms the fundamentals as well as the particulars of most of the forms in which electricity is now being used. Scientists are no longer in an era of simple galvanism and faradism. However, a textbook covering such a subject as diathermy should give a clear and complete exposition of the circuits—a description that can reach the intelligence of the average layman or physician, who is usually unlettered in such matters.

Though Dr. Cholnoky's book is obviously written for the physician who is uninitiated in electrotherapeutics, it falls short of making clear the physical aspects of the subject. There is a better handling of the rationale of both diathermy (the longer wave) and the newer short wave. The author is careful and explicit as to technic, a matter of importance usually neglected badly in textbooks.

A considerable portion of the

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