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June 1949

Rehabilitation of the Physically Handicapped.

Arch NeurPsych. 1949;61(6):720. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1949.02310120124013

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This fascinating book impresses one with the authoritative presentation of a subject about which much has been written. The author, a worldwide authority on reconstructive surgery, discusses the many factors which enter into total rehabilitation of the severely handicapped person. He deftly presents the problems of the many types of handicap encountered in medical and surgical practice. The problems of the disabled industrial worker, the wounded veteran, those injured through motor accidents, the crippled child and persons chronically disabled by cardiovascular disease, tuberculosis, arthritis and crippling diseases of the central nervous system, each, in turn are analyzed and the special problems of rehabilitation are set forth. The author emphasizes the rehabilitation of the patient as a whole, stressing not only physical but psychic adaptation to the environment in which the patient seeks acceptance.

Authoritative and convincing figures are presented throughout the text, and the reader is impressed with the extent