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As recreation assumes a more dynamic role in hospital patient care, it becomes an important task for the profession to begin to state its own unique functions as a member of the medical team. Is it to keep patients comfortable and content, to help them pass their time, and/or to encourage them to participate in the world about them? These are important concerns but not the specialized province of recreation. If this service is to be taken seriously and additional personnel and larger budgets justified, it appears that more defined purposes are necessary. In thie endeavor Dr. Paul Haun, the noted psychiatrist, has made and continues to make important contributions.
Dr. Haun views recreation as a medical specialty that continues to offer the patient the same rewards of fun and pleasure as it might anyone in the general community. He writes that this is a basic human need and
Makowsky B. Recreation: A Medical Viewpoint.. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1965;13(2):190-191. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1965.01730020092013