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The problem of returning the tuberculous to industry is as old as the sanatorium itself, but the author brings the subject down to the present in the light of modern perspectives resulting from the rapid development of clinical and sociomedical methods of treatment. Bronkhorst hopes, therefore, that his monograph will aid to awaken new interest in an old problem. Too much stress has been laid on the physical power and too little on the psychic and moral factors. Therefore, gymnastic exercises are not suited to restoration of working power. Only in well organized industrial trades that so far as possible carry a normal character from every point of view can the work cure give its full value. This is to be distinguished from the vocational therapy, the so-called occupational therapy of the Americans. Its aim is "diversion and education through occupation." Occupational therapy also can begin in the phase of
Klinische Behandlung, Arbeitskur und Nachfürsorge bei der Tuberkulose: Drei Vorträge über die Aufgabe der Heilstätte und der Nachfürsorge-Kolonie bei der Wiedereingliederung Tuberkulöser in die Arbeit. JAMA. 1940;114(15):1487. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810150073033