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Article
August 13, 1927

THE REHABILITATION OF CARDIAC PATIENTS THROUGH ORGANIZED EFFORT

JAMA. 1927;89(7):496-502. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690070006003
Abstract

The recognition that diseases of the heart come within the legitimate field of public health activities is of comparatively recent date, but this recognition was followed promptly by efforts to deal with heart disease as a public health problem, and as such to determine what could be done by organized effort toward its prevention and toward the better care of those who already had it. These efforts have been made for a sufficient number of years now to warrant an attempt at some appraisal of what has been accomplished.

In this paper only one aspect of the problem will be considered—that of the rehabilitation of the chronic heart cripple. Have these twelve or fifteen years of groping and experimenting really contributed anything of value to the solution of the problem of the care of this large and difficult class of patients? In attempting to answer this question it will be

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