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January 1, 1949


JAMA. 1949;139(1):14-16. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02900180016005

The practice of rehabilitation for the general practitioner, or for any physician, begins with the belief in the basic philosophy that the doctor's responsibility does not end when the acute illness is ended or operation is completed; it ends only when the patient is retrained to live and work with what is left. This basic concept of the doctor's responsibility can be achieved only if rehabilitation is considered an integral part of medical service. Any program of rehabilitation is only as sound as the basic medical service of which it is a part. The diagnosis and prognosis must be accurate, for it is on them that the feasibility of retraining is determined.

In addition to the general diagnostic studies, the medical evaluation of orthopedically handicapped persons must include muscle tests, tests of joint range of motion and tests for the inherent needs in daily living. In the Rehabilitation Service at

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