Handbook of Therapy

Handbook of Therapy

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...turnips, carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes, beets, hot bread or cakes, nuts, candies, pies, pastry, alcoholic stimulants. HYDROTHERAPY The use of cold baths in the treatment of obesity, as well as special forms of hydrotherapy, is generally well known. Besides improving the skin and aiding the circulation, it seems likely that such baths also accelerate the loss of fat. EXERCISE In the presence of circulatory disorders, the prescribing of exercise must be cautious; otherwise it is a valuable aid in producing a loss of weight. Walking and horseback riding, swimming and graded calisthenics, may be of value. Golf and tennis may be likewise indicated if the physician thinks proper. Massage (if given vigorously and accompanied by passive motion) sometimes produces marked results, especially in those of established sedentary habits. The Zander aparatus produces passive mechanical exercise. Besides such machines others combining weight lifting, pushing, pulling and stretching movements may be employed in suitable cases. Bergonie has designated an apparatus which acts on the essential principle that the whole musculature of the body shall be stimulated by electric excitation to painless, rhythmic, passive contractions. Several observers have reported marked permanent losses in weight under such treatment. It has also been said that the method is a severe one and not to be continued too long at a single sitting because of the danger to the heart musculature. MEDICINAL TREATMENT Obesity cures of a fraudulent nature are legion. In most instances they are either dangerous of worthless, or both. Thyroid extract has been and still is the basis of many so-called "fat reducers." Lemon juice has had its day and numerous iodid preparations have...
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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 463g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236821262
  • 9781236821263