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The Care of Cripples
Sir Robert Jones, emeritus president of the British Orthopaedic Association, gave an address in London on "The Cripple Problem" under the egis of the Essex County Council. He said that the problem of the cripple was a big one. There were 100,000 cripples in the country at the moment, and a large proportion of them were even now becoming steadily worse, for whom big things had to be done, because little things were not done at an early stage. The majority could be made industrial assets by treatment. He asked where cripples come from, and gave four or five big groups which supplied the majority not caused by war: tuberculosis; rickets—a preventable disease; the paralytic group, due directly to infection; congenital defects, such as clubfoot; the industrial group, due to accidents. Concerning the prevention of tuberculous cripples, he said a great deal had been done in
LONDON. JAMA. 1926;87(6):424–425. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680060048016
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