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February 10, 1945


JAMA. 1945;127(6):335-337. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860060033013

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CONVALESCENT SOLDIERS GIVEN PRETECHNICAL TRAINING  The War Department recently announced that pretechnical training in the arts and trades will be offered by the Quartermaster Corps as part of the conditioning of soldiers in convalescent hospitals. The courses will include canvas and leather work, sewing machine operation, clothing and textile repair, electrical work, topographic drawing, warehousing and utility repair. The training will be part of the current Army Medical Department program to recondition hospitalized soldiers for a return to service or for reentry into civilian life. The program also includes physical and educational reconditioning, occupational therapy and recreation. According to the Office of the Surgeon General, the program has resulted in a sharp decrease in army discharges due to disability. Approximately 12,000 men are being sent back to full duty each week, and the time of hospitalization has been reduced as much as one third.


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