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May 30, 1953


JAMA. 1953;152(5):473. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690050097024

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Census of Paraplegics.  —Dr. Olle Höök, of the neurological department of the Serafimer Hospital in Stockholm, recently visited England to study the paraplegic centers started during the war and now dealing chiefly with civilian patients. He spent sometime at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital, in which 120 beds are devoted to paraplegics. On his return to Sweden he took an active part in a paraplegic census carried out in July, 1952, by means of a questionnaire addressed to all the medical, surgical, neurological, orthopedic, and pediatric hospitals in the country. The aim of the census was to discover the number of newly afflicted paraplegics who were admitted to hospital during the first half of 1952. Excluded from this census were cases of paraplegia beginning at birth or in early infancy, as well as old cases of paraplegia treated earlier in hospital. It was hoped that this census would give a roughly

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