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"The ultimate aim of rehabilitation is to restore the handicapped individual to the fullest physical, mental, social, vocational, and economic usefulness of which he is capable."
The above statement in the preface of the book gives the aims of the author and has been brought out in a simple, straightforward way to make it valuable for the student nurse, visiting nurse and all phases of nursing.
The nurse's responsibility in maintaining physical and mental health during rehabilitation and in teaching the patient how to maintain good health after his return to the community is paramount.
"Cognizant of the ultimate complete rehabilitation of her patient, the nurse is obligated to acquire thorough understanding of posture techniques and she must develop the ability to apply the principles of good body alignment and correct positioning of the patient in all areas of nursing care."
A brief historical summary of rehabilitation and more detailed
Rehabilitation Nursing.. AMA Am J Dis Child. 1953;86(1):119. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1953.02050080126022