This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914. Excerpt: ... MEGHANO-THERAPEUTICS IN GENERAL PRACTICE GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS It is, perhaps, wiser to start with the description of clinical conditions calling for the application of mechanotherapeutics right away, than to follow the usual way of describing all the manipulations first. The understanding of those seemingly occult and mysterious performances will become much easier when described in connection with the complaints which they are intended to remedy. This will avoid the meaningless explanations at the beginning of most books on this subject of such terms as effleurage and petrissage. Following the general rule adopted in medicine, the disorders will be divided into medical, surgical, and special. This classification has been chosen as one to which every medical man has become accustomed through his hospital training. The following up of this method will facilitate the reading, as well as the exposition of the wide and manifold application of massage, and thus it will not be necessary to create a new system of pathology in order to do it justice. To comfort those who think many costly appliances necessary to carry out this kind of treatment, I can only say that here, as well as anywhere else, the best results are achieved by few and simple means. We must always remember that the treatment has often to be administered in private houses under great difficulties. A couch and a pair of skilful hands are all that is really indispensable: they are as important in mechano-therapy as in operative surgery. We often prefer our own fingers to the most wonderful instruments. Skill is required everywhere. But the skill of an average medical man is quite sufficient to start with, if shyness could only be overcome. Those who play the piano or the violin will find it a use...
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