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April 28, 1951


JAMA. 1951;145(17):1346. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920350040011

In every generation there are leaders of men who seem to be endowed with qualities of leadership and to possess such discerning ingenuity and imagination that they are able to predict accurately the things to come. Two such great leaders who have influenced greatly the development of certain phases of medical practice throughout the past quarter of a century are the late Dr. William J. Mayo and elder statesman Bernard M. Baruch—two men of keen minds and simplicity of character, giants of medical and political statesmanship, both exhibiting that clarity of thought which made it possible for them to predict what would come to pass in connection with the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Twenty-six years ago Dr. William J. Mayo1 wrote, "Rehabilitation is to be a master word in medicine." Few other physicians in the entire country would have dared to make such a prediction in 1925.

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