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August 21, 1954


Author Affiliations

New York

From the departments of physical medicine and rehabilitation, New York University College of Medicine, New York University-Bellevue Medical Center, and Goldwater Memorial Hospital, Welfare Island, New York. Clinical Fellow in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, U. S. Public Health Service (Dr. Long). Dr. Posniak is now at the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, New York Medical College.

JAMA. 1954;155(17):1463-1465. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690350005002

Until recent years there had been relatively little discussion in the literature of the problems of the hemiplegic, and few concise reports about prostheses and the training of amputees. With the impetus of World War II and the Korean conflict, many important contributions to the treatment of hemiplegics and amputees have been made. From these contributions has arisen a concrete concept of the proper treatment of the hemiplegic1 and the amputee2; however, there is little mention in the literature of the patient who has both of these major disabilities in combination. Only one case report of the successful rehabilitation of the hemiplegic amputee could be found in a review of the literature. Rudin, Levine, Hayes, and Cronin3 report a case of a diabetic man, 53 years old, who sustained an operative amputation of the right lower extremity below the knee because of diabetic gangrene of the toes.

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