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This volume is in two parts, the first having to do with the reconstruction of disabled soldiers and the second with the army nurse corps. Reconstruction was a new field of activity as far as the army was concerned. When the United States entered the war, the other nations had already evolved elaborate systems to restore the wounded to military duty and had provided a system of pensions for those who could not be restored to economic capacity. The reconstruction program of the United States at first emphasized three points: (1) Reconstruction work was expected to fall under the jurisdiction of the orthopedic department; (2) only such reconstruction work would be undertaken overseas as was expected to return the patient to duty; (3) military reconstruction would lead directly and shortly to industrial rehabilitation. Shortly after this country declared war, the common chairman of the committees appointed by the orthopedic section
The Medical Department of the United States Army in the World War.. JAMA. 1928;91(6):419-420. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02700060053035