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January 3, 1948


JAMA. 1948;136(1):56. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890180058020

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To the Editor:—  One of the main objectives in muscle reeducation is to afford the patient means of becoming independent of assistance. Capt. Robert Wesselhoeft Jr., U. S. Army Air Corps, who contracted poliomyelitis on the far eastern front, built himself a small stool which he could raise and lower by means of a hand lever operating a screw jack. This was set on large casters which rotated freely in all directions. This enabled him to get off the bed alone onto the stool, which he then lowered by means of the hand lever until his feet had a sufficient purchase on the floor to enable him to propel himself with what remained of his leg muscles. In this way he could transfer himself entirely alone to his wheelchair or any other chair, to the front seat of an automobile and to the toilet seat. This made him independent of

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