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March 27, 1972

Medical News

JAMA. 1972;219(13):1699-1708. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03190390005003

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Problems of the Handicapped  In a world where personal appearance and athletic ability are at a premium, people with physical disabilities or deformities often suffer as much from society's rejection of them as from the limitations imposed by their handicaps.Because acceptance by others is one of man's basic needs and because people react negatively to those with physical handicaps, Raphael Greenberg, MD, explains, "it is not surprising that physical deformity and disability are linked with (feelings of) shame, guilt, and inferiority which preclude acceptance by others, particularly by one's self."And yet, many children with severely crippling disorders adjust amazingly well. In fact, it often falls to the disabled child's lot to be the strong one and to lead his parents to accept his handicap and future limitations.The psychological aspects of physical disability and the impact of psychological factors on the clinical course of various diseases continue to