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May 12, 1945

Clinical Evaluation of the Rehabilitation of the Tuberculous: Experience at Altro Work Shops 1915-1939

JAMA. 1945;128(2):159. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860190095030

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In seventy well printed and nicely bound pages Dr. Siltzbach has presented in an admirable manner a practical demonstration of the effectiveness of rehabilitating tuberculous patients. He describes the Altro Workshop, which opened its doors in June 1915 for the employment of tuberculous patients as a part of their rehabilitation. This workshop is engaged in the manufacture of washable garments for hospitals, health organizations and commercial establishments. Just now a large part of its output consists of cotton uniforms for the Red Cross and the government services.

Applicants between the ages of 16 and 55 are eligible, without regard to sex, marital status, race, color or creed. Patients are accepted from all institutions and from public and voluntary agencies as well as from private physicians. They are admitted to begin on part time work. It is preferred that their disease be classified as arrested before work is begun. Some patients

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