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September 10, 1955


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Staten Island, N. Y.; New York; Brooklyn, N. Y.

JAMA. 1955;159(2):102-105. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960190008003

Cerebrovascular diseases still remain among those most neglected because of the fatalistic philosophy commonly associated with their management. It is estimated that there are approximately 1,800,000 sufferers from this affliction in the United States today and that a large percentage of these require one to four persons to take care of their needs.1 In recent years progress has been made in restoring many such patients to lives of independence and productivity, as a result of the application of modern methods of rehabilitation and retraining.2 The advances in the therapy of residual paralytic defects by physical methods, however, have far exceeded the questionable gains in the treatment of the acute phase of the cerebrovascular accident.

METHODS OF TREATMENT  The immediate treatment of "stroke" is mainly devoted to measures for saving life and restoring physiological balance. All authorities stress the importance of skillfull nursing care, maintenance of hydration, attention to

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