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(From Our Regular Correspondent) March 16, 1935.
The Workmen's Compensation Acts Prolong Disability
The report of a committee appointed by the British Medical Association to consider the treatment of fractures has been reviewed in a previous letter. An appendix on "Nonmedical Factors of Prolonged Disability" was not included and, because of its importance, requires a special notice. While disclaiming that a purely medical committee can have an intimate acquaintance with all aspects of the fracture problem, the committee felt that some reference was necessary to the nonmedical factors that militate against return to work. The committee points out that the workmen's compensation acts in many cases play a powerful part in prolonging disability and delaying return to work and on occasion in converting the workman into a permanent invalid. The committee freely admits that the acts are humane and beneficial. That legislation in other countries has been based on
Foreign Letters. JAMA. 1935;104(14):1255-1261. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760140059023