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The term was suggested by the Austrian neurologist Moritz Benedikt (1835-1920) in 1899 to designate all therapeutic or experimental applications of high frequency discovered by d'Arsonval.

The first high frequency heat therapy unit was established under d’Arsonval’s direction at the Hôtel-Dieu Hospital in 1895. Indeed, electrotherapy was called d’Arsonvalization until the broader term diathermy came into use after 1920.


  • A. d’Arsonval:
    Recherches d’électrotherapie: la voltaisation sinusoïdale.
    Archives de physiologie normale et pathologique, Paris, 1892, 5. Sér., 4: 69-80.

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