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July 9, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(2):139-140. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690020063028

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To the Editor:  —At the last day's session of the Section on Orthopedic Surgery, during the recent Washington session, Dr. A. H. Freiberg of Cincinnati read a paper on the relationship of physical therapy to orthopedic surgery. It contained excellent points and was discussed by a number of men, all of whom agreed with Dr. Freiberg that heavy responsibility rests on orthopedic surgeons to set physical therapy straight. None of these men made the slightest reference to the Council on Physical Therapy, which is trying to solve the problem in a broad manner and to establish a proper relationship of physical therapy and the general profession. In contrast to the opinions voiced by some orthopedic men that a class of lay "physical therapeutists" be developed, working under their direction, the Council on Physical Therapy advocates that physical therapy be administered, or at least prescribed, by medical men especially trained in

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