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October 2, 1948

Current Comment

JAMA. 1948;138(5):368. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900050036015

EMPLOYMENT OF THE HANDICAPPED  National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week beginning on October 3 has been set aside by President Truman to call attention to the courageous efforts of many disabled persons and to dramatize the activities of organizations engaged in rehabilitation. Repeated studies and demonstrations have shown that the physically handicapped employee is as dependable and productive as his normal co-worker and in many cases even more so. Reemployment would be more effectively accomplished if physicians understood the vital role that they must play throughout the entire rehabilitation procedure. Reassurance concerning reemployability will do much to prevent traumatic neurosis. Competent medical care of the disabled will aim to restore the injured to his former earning capacity in the same line of work and with minimum loss of time. When there is a residual disability that requires retraining and readjustment, the physician, the rehabilitation counselor and the work supervisor must

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