GEORGE MORRIS PIERSOL, M.D., M.A.C.P.
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During the past 10 years interest in physical medicine has increased markedly. In spite of this physicians continue to show considerable scepticism as to the advantages of this form of therapy. This attitude is due in no small measure to the belief that physical medicine does not rest upon a sound physiological basis. The purpose of the following remarks is to point out that the most useful and commonly employed procedures in physical medicine, i.e. the use of various forms of heat and cold, massage, and therapeutic exercise, depend for their effectiveness upon well established physiological reactions. A thorough understanding
PIERSOL GM. THE PHYSIOLOGIC EFFECTS OF PHYSICAL THERAPY*. Ann Intern Med. 1949;30:69–79. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-30-1-69
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