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This is a report of the conference of physicians, social workers, and others representing 43 organizations interested in prevention of chronic disease. These diseases are characterized by permanence, residual disability from some acute condition, and an irreversible disease process. Special instruction is necessary for the patient and all who attend him in order that some degree of rehabilitation might be obtained. A long period of observation, supervision, and care must be expected. This involves early diagnosis, thorough and complete cure of the acute condition if possible, and follow-up from the social as well as the medical side of the problem. The physician is not always sure when he has cured a patient completely. Symptoms may subside, but the condition may become permanent before anyone is fully aware of what has happened. Multiple sclerosis and poliomyelitis are examples of such conditions, and chronic arthritis is always possible in any case of
Preventive Aspects of Chronic Disease: Conference Proceedings, March 12-14, 1951, Chicago, Illinois. JAMA. 1953;152(12):1182. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690120098036
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