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June 22, 1940

Hospital for the Ruptured and Crippled: A Historial Sketch Written on the Occasion of the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of the Hospital

JAMA. 1940;114(25):2497. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810250071033

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Abstract

As has often been stated, prior to 1863 philanthropists, public officials and the people as a whole did not show any real recognition of a social responsibility for those who were physically maimed. Throughout the United States not one single hospital specifically dedicated to the care of the crippled could be found. In that year, while the Civil War with all its horror was creating countless thousands of crippled individuals, the Hospital for Ruptured and Crippled was founded. This book consists of a fascinating history of the first seventy-five years of that institution. To some extent this record shows the influence which the Hospital for Ruptured and Crippled exerted throughout the United States on medical and surgical thought and the care of physically disabled individuals, from both the technical and the social point of view. Begun in the home of Dr. James Knight, with a small group of patients, this

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