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August 4, 1923


JAMA. 1923;81(5):404-405. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650050058025

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Medical Congress of Ghent  At the request of the organizing committee of the Exposition des travaux des invalides de la guerre, the medical section of that committee arranged for a congress to be held at Ghent, April 15-16, 1923, for the purpose of dealing with certain questions pertaining to war disabilities. The delegates of the allied nations to the "Exposition" responded readily and, with a number of Belgian physicians, helped to make the congress a success.The congress studied especially questions pertaining to the pathology of the war injured: prosthesis, reeducation, traumatic neuroses and the formulation of a "ready-reckoner" for estimating the degree of disability. Special mention should be made of the study of the sequels of "grassing." Drs. Spehl and Dautrebande reached the conclusion that the disorders observed are due mainly to a chronic anoxemia. They pointed out the functional derangement from which the different organs suffer under the

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