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December 23, 1944

RECONDITIONING IN CHEST SURGERY

Author Affiliations

MEDICAL CORPS, ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES

JAMA. 1944;126(17):1059-1060. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850520001001

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Abstract

One of the major developments in the field of surgery during the present war has been the general recognition of the value of a reconditioning program. The term "reconditioning program" is a broad one and covers the care of the patient from the time of his operation until he is physically fit to return to his organization. The goal of this program may be simply stated as the restoration of the patient to a normal physical and mental state of health. In order to achieve this objective it has been found necessary to have a well ordered program, which includes four important elements: (1) physical reconditioning, (2) educational reconditioning, (3) occupational therapy and (4) recreation. To be successful this program must be initiated as early in the convalescent period as possible and requires the close cooperation between the surgeon, the physical therapist, the occupational therapist and the physician in charge

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