Alva Emery Gregory, M.D.
PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION
This brief work, Spondylotherapy Simplified, is offered to the practitioners
of the healing art with the sincere desire to increase their efficiency,
their welfare, and their knowledge of an important auxiliary method
It is not our intention to mitigate against the merits of any conventional
method, but on the other hand, to advance a composite system of practice
embracing all that is helpful in obtaining the best, and most expedient
results in the treatment of disease.
We claim but a limited amount of original information in this composition
and desire to give full credit to some progressive physicians, who have
developed much along the line of spinal therapy, and especially are we
indebted to Albert Abrams, M. D., whose work we followed almost exclusively
in our experimental work and have consulted most often in the preparation
of this book.
Our object in the preparation and distribution of this work is to present
to progressive practitioners, a competent practical knowledge of the science
of spinal concussion and sinusoidalization in a clear, concise and comprehensive
manner, so as to free these methods from the hindrance of previous abstruse
writings, and to make them available for the practical use of the readers
of this work.
We are sure the reader will appreciate the handy arrangement of the
contents of this brief work, and that you will find it a very convenient
reference book during your busy practice, as well as interesting and instructive
matter for your hours of research and general reading.
In the first chapter of this work there is presented a general treatise
upon the fundamental principles of these methods and brief directions for
their application; in the second chapter is contained a brief compendium
of the various nerve centers and the effects of their stimulation; in the
third chapter is given directions for effecting dilation or contraction
or stimulation of all the different viscera and parts of the body by concussion
or sinusoidalization; and in the fourth chapter is given an alphabetical
list of the diseases which are benefited by these measures of treatment,
and specific directions for their application.
We beg the reader's indulgence for shortcomings and for omission.
We know mistakes will be more abundant in writing on a science so recently
being developed, and which is advancing so rapidly.
ALVA EMERY GREGORY, M. D.