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April 14, 1945

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1945;127(15):1004-1005. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860150048015

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Abstract

LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)March 11, 1945.

Rehabilitation  The vast scale of war injuries, not only in the fighting forces but also in civilians, in consequence of bombing from the air has produced a corresponding problem of rehabilitation. More than 250 hospitals are now using rehabilitation methods, which include physical therapy, remedial exercises, outdoor games and handicrafts. This is nearly twice as many as a year ago, when the Ministry of Health made a special appeal to civilian hospitals to establish a rehabilitation department as soon as possible. Rehabilitation is a service which aims at securing quicker and more complete recovery not only in accident cases but also in almost every form of illness and disability. Passive physical therapy, which includes heat, massage and electrotherapy, was formerly the main method of rehabilitation in most hospitals. This is largely giving place to active movements by the patients themselves. These include

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