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October 12, 1929

Prescribing Occupational Therapy.

JAMA. 1929;93(15):1171. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710150063032

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Few physicians have any real conception of occupational therapy. It is quite the custom to show admiring visitors through the hospital and to exhibit samples of the baskets, the knitting, the carpentry and other occupational efforts, but in most instances the selection of the type of effort and all the details have been left to the social workers and the nurses. Dr. Dunton explains the basis of occupational therapy, analyzes the various constitutions of patients which underly the prescription, and ventures a few notes on the subject of fatigue. In a second portion of his book he discusses occupational therapy as applied in mental disorders, surgical and general medical disorders, and orthopedic disturbances. The book is brief and will serve to orient the physician exactly in this field.

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