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May 25, 1935

The Crippled and the Disabled: Rehabilitation of the Physically Handicapped in the United States

JAMA. 1935;104(21):1934. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760210066034

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Abstract

The problem of the care of the crippled and the disabled in the United States involves more than the mere physical rehabilitation of those who can be restored to functional independence through the application of modern medical principles and surgical skill. Education of the public is advised to make the average citizen more cripple conscious and to break down the barriers of psychologic and economic prejudice, which, the author shows, are based on "superstition, misunderstanding and false concepts of capacity to work." There is need for just such a discussion and presentation of facts as are contained in this book. Patients who have been rehabilitated are frequently refused an opportunity of earning their own living even though they may have excellent mental and ample physical capacities for work. Such patients are discouraged by the unfair treatment they have received at the hands of employers who may have contributed to the

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