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August 18, 1956

DIRECT MEDICAL SUPERVISION OF REHABILITATION PROGRAMSGUEST EDITORIAL

Author Affiliations

From the Section of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic, and the Mayo Foundation, Rochester, Minn. The Mayo Foundation is a part of the Graduate School of the University of Minnesota.

JAMA. 1956;161(16):1568-1569. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970160048012
Abstract

In a previous editorial1 in The Journal it was mentioned that "Rehabilitation may be defined as the process of assisting the handicapped person to realize his potentialities and goals physically, mentally, socially, and economically." Furthermore, it was noted that "Where rehabilitation centers have been established, they find it necessary to provide physiatrists; physical therapists; occupational therapists; speech and hearing therapists; clinical psychologists; nurses; a prosthetic service; vocational evaluation, counselling, and training service; social service; and a therapeutic recreation service."

In the state of Minnesota, for example, the board of health has determined that, at present, only two such complete centers exist. The board estimated also that eventually there should be one such center for each 300,000 to 500,000 population. Therefore, the state hopes finally to have seven such centers. It is recommended that rehabilitation centers be affiliated with community general hospitals and that there be direct medical supervision of

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