February 6, 1954

Living with a Disability

JAMA. 1954;154(6):541. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940400079030

For several years the group of workers at the Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of the New York University-Bellevue Medical Center has been collecting descriptions of "self-help devices and gadgets that might aid disabled persons in the performance of the daily activities of life and work." These descriptions were then included in a series of publications that were made available to professional workers. This well-printed and profusely illustrated textbook includes these descriptions in one convenient volume, which can be used as a guide by rehabilitation workers or by the handicapped persons themselves. A major objective in treating any handicapped person is to assist him to become independent and self-sufficient, and the devices described in this book help to achieve this objective.

The descriptions are prepared in a style that is readily understandable, even for nonprofessional persons. This is the first textbook to provide detailed descriptions and sources of supply

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