March 29, 1941


JAMA. 1941;116(13):1380-1383. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820130042013

The subject of this paper is one that arouses two emotions—one of sympathy, the other of fear—each tempered by the environment in which we find ourselves. When you come on a one-legged young man, sitting sad faced at a busy street corner with cap in hand awaiting your tribute to his incapacity, you pity him. You feel that there should be some way that he could be made self supporting. Your business takes you into the transportation office of a large machinery manufacturing concern where you carry on with a pleasant middle-aged man who uses an artificial larynx to talk with you, and excuses himself while he answers a telephone call. You admire him.

Some, at least, of the personnel engaged in vocational rehabilitation and in other social work will say that industry has not given the handicapped a fair break toward employment. On the other hand, when an employer

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