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January 27, 1951

Evaluation of Industrial Disability

JAMA. 1951;145(4):271. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920220079033

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This manual was designed to establish a uniform procedure of disability evaluation that would meet all the requirements of the Industrial Accident Commission of the State of California and also would be readily understood and practically applicable by the industrial surgeon, claims examiners, claims attorneys and members of the commission. The authors make no claim for originality in this system of disability evaluation. The procedures used are clearly and concisely stated and adequately illustrated by photographs demonstrating the technics on living subjects.

A sincere effort to bring order out of confusion in this field is to be commended. The value of the manual would have been enhanced by recognition of the influence of the human factors that so frequently complicate disability evaluation. The importance of early and periodic evaluations during the convalescent and rehabilitation phases should be stressed. A physical evaluation is essential, but we should not lose sight of

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