The American Congress of Physical Therapy which has been in session here for the past week and whose deliberations have disclosed the important strides made in the application of electro-surgery closed on Friday evening with the election of Dr. Gustav Kolischer, of Chicago, noted Jewish urologist, as president of the Congress for a period of one year. Dr. Kolischer was honored at the opening of the sessions of the Congress with an award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to electro-surgery and its application to urology.
Dr. Disraeli Kobak, Jewish radiologist of Chicago, retains the post of editor of the official publication of the congress, “Archives of Physical Therapy.”
Other Jewish specialists named to office are Dr. N. H. Polmer of New Orleans, third vice-president and Dr. William Bierman of New York, fourth vice-president.
Jewish specialists took a prominent part in the deliberations of the congress and in its demonstrations.
A new method of treating chronic lung and bronchial infections was presented by Dr. M. Joseph Mandelbaum of New York. The use of specially devised delicate rubber tubes to permit the flushing out of accumulated toxic products within the bronchial and pulmonary organs “has been found effective in promoting better health and has proven practically inocuous in thousands of instances in which this method has been used in human subjects,” Dr. Mandelbaum declared.
Between symposiums, Dr. Kobak attended a patient from whose cheek he removed a cancer by the electro-surgical method. The entire operation took less than fifteen minutes; did not require the use of an anaesthetic and caused no discomfort to the patient.
Immediately after the operation, the patient, who is a well known authoress residing in New York, whose name was withheld, returned to the conference with Dr. Kobak to demonstrate the effectiveness of this method.
The efficacy of electro-surgery in cancer cases had previously been upheld by Dr. Gustav Kolischer.
A paper on “Therapeutic Fever Induced by Radiothermy” was read to the conference by Dr. William Bierman, who is the director of the Department of Physical Therapy at the Beth Israel Hospital.