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November 23, 1964

Early Restoration Program for Patient Following Stroke Called Necessary

JAMA. 1964;190(8):30-33. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070210110045

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Early institution of an adequate program of maintenance and restoration of the patient following a stroke is necessary to avoid regressive changes caused by prolonged bed rest, according to reports to the National Stroke Congress.

"Unfortunately, as the condition of the patient improves, the concern of the physician frequently continues to be focused on the possibility of a recurring cerebrovascular insult rather than upon the problems relating to adequate maintenance and optimal rehabilitation of the surviving patient," Frederic J. Kottke, MD, told the congress when it held its meeting in October in Chicago.

The Congress, the first of its kind, was sponsored by the American Medical Association, The American Heart Association, The Heart Disease Control Program of the U S Public Health Service, and The Vocational Rehabilition Administration.

"Fear that activity may precipitate another acute episode may be one reason why these patients are restricted to bed, although there is

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