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February 2, 1918

Re-Education; an Analysis of the Institutional System of the United States.

JAMA. 1918;70(5):339. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600050061027

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After setting forth figures and quoting various authorities as to the enormous expenditures for hospitals and other public and semipublic institutions for the care of the sick, the afflicted and the criminal, the author makes a plea for utilizing in useful production and occupation the time of the inmates of all these institutions to a greater extent than at present. He declares that patients in general hospitals even for comparatively short periods could be employed for at least a part of their stay, and that every one in institutions of the sort named would be better off for such occupation. Cripples of all sorts and persons of substandard degrees of health and strength should be reeducated to tasks and occupations suitable for their several capacities, which is in line with the activities of the nations at present charged with the responsibility of the welfare of those wounded in the world

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