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October 28, 1950

THE SCOPE AND FUTURE OF PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION: Chairman's Address

Author Affiliations

Rochester, Minn.

From the Section on Physical Medicine, Mayo Clinic.

JAMA. 1950;144(9):727-730. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920090001001
Abstract

It is with a feeling of great pride that we physicians who have devoted our interest to the combined specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation gather here for the first meetings of the new section of the American Medical Association which deals with this field. Physical medicine has been defined as the employment of the physical and other effective diagnostic and therapeutic properties of light, heat, cold, water, electricity, massage, manipulation, exercise and mechanical devices for diagnosis, for research and for physical and occupational therapy and physical rehabilitation. Rehabilitation has been defined as the employment of physical medicine, technics of psychosocial adjustment and vocational retraining for the purpose of aiding the patient to achieve the maximal function and adjustment and of preparing him physically, mentally, socially and vocationally for the fullest possible life compatible with his abilities and disabilities.

As the first Chairman of the new Section on Physical Medicine

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