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Headline or TitleDiathermy

DescriptionThe technique of heating parts of the body using high-frequency alternating electric current applied by electrodes. Therapeutic diathermy is used in the treatment of rheumatism and arthritis. In surgical diathermy, one electrode takes the form of a conducting knife or snare, while the current has a coagulating effect and prevents bleeding from small blood vessels.

Oxford Paperback Encyclopedia, Oxford University Press 1998

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