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November 18, 1950


Author Affiliations

Portland, Ore.

From the University of Oregon Medical School and the Portland Rehabilitation Center.

JAMA. 1950;144(12):994-995. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920120018006

The general practitioner is the logical ally of the Community Rehabilitation Center because of the breadth of his medical and social interests. The Community Center, in turn, offers to the general practitioner means of accomplishing more for certain of his patients than has previously been possible. The organized procedures of the centers which are growing up in this country are furnishing practical tools by which the members of the medical profession can demonstrate their abilities in the rehabilitation of persons to the "fullest physical, mental, social, vocational and economic usefulness of which they are capable."

The general practitioner has the first contact with a majority of the persons who need rehabilitation. In the largest sense every physician is doing rehabilitation in all that he does, but the Council on Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation defines it as "the process of restoring the handicapped and returning them as useful members of society