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October 14, 1950

The Principles and Practices of Rehabilitation

JAMA. 1950;144(7):591. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920070081033

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Any publication on the subject of rehabilitation by Henry H. Kessler commands the attention of everyone concerned with this subject, whose rapid growth is probably unprecedented in medical history. In the preface Kessler relates the meaning of rehabilitation to a broader concept of medical care. Attention is directed to the many facets of rehabilitation, and the outstanding feature of teamwork is emphasized. This thought is translated into action in the text which follows, in that it is the work of 21 authors, each with special experience in a particular aspect of the subject. The book is divided into two parts: one concerning principles, consisting of 12 chapters; the second part concerning practices, consisting of 9 chapters. Throughout the text emphasis is given to occupational disability and job restoration rather than to physical disability. In this connection, the chapters on disability evaluation, guidance and training and job placement are of particular

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