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March 12, 1955


Author Affiliations

Director, British School of Bari Piazza Garibaldi, 23 Bari, Italy.

JAMA. 1955;157(11):948. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950280072027

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To the Editor:—  The Oct. 23, 1954, issue of The Journal has only just reached me in Bari, with its excellent articles by Dr. Solomon (page 753), by Drs. Marks and Goodgold (page 755), and by Dr. Covalt (page 758) on various aspects of physical medicine and rehabilitation. While the several articles presented were clearly not intended to offer a total picture of the field of rehabilitation, one significant aspect of the work seemed to me to be missing from the discussions: that of recreation. Recreation—like its cousin, occupational therapy—has long been used with good results in mental institutions and has for just as long been laboring under a perhaps unfortunate and certainly misleading nomenclature. It is surely time that areas of use of this important therapy should be increased and general understanding of it evidenced. Recretion—to continue with the well-known term, although "resocialization" might be a better one—in the

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