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November 29, 1913

HOSPITAL AND ASYLUM WORKSHOPS: SOME POSSIBILITIES OF HANDICAPPED LABOR

Author Affiliations

MARBLEHEAD, MASS.

JAMA. 1913;61(22):1976-1977. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350230030011
Abstract

It is so hard for well people to make a living that the casual thinker will not believe it possible for sick men to work effectively and without harm. When the invalid is poor we perform but the natural part of charity if we give him medical treatment and save him from the necessity of work. Yet experience has shown that in many chronic illnesses effective and remunerative work may be accomplished with physical and moral benefit to the workers.

The object of this paper is to suggest the possibility of workshops for the chronic invalids who haunt the outpatient departments of the great hospitals and who have collectively a great deal of efficiency and skill, though they cannot find places in the usual fields of labor.

We do not have to search long for suggestive examples of work among handicapped people. The blind have thriving industries, the cripple schools

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