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January 27, 1945

Theory of Occupational Therapy

JAMA. 1945;127(4):251. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860040061024

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The authors include in occupational therapy "any work or recreational activity, mental or physical, definitely prescribed and guided, for the distinct purpose of contributing to and hastening recovery from disease and injury." The relationship of occupational therapy to other forms of physical medicine is clearly stated in the preface by Sir Robert Stanton Woods, consultant adviser in physical medicine to the Ministry of Health in London.

This book was written primarily for students and nurses. Its elementary character and brevity preclude its use as a textbook, but prospective students will find it very helpful. It is also an excellent introduction for the many physicians in America who are beginning to become interested in occupational therapy. Throughout the book there are many practical applications of this form of treatment for patients in general hospitals, tuberculosis sanatoriums and mental wards.

The book, written and printed in England, contains chapters on training, bibliography

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