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March 24, 1956


JAMA. 1956;160(12):1090. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960470086020

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To the Editor:—  There are many problems in the national program to provide increased job opportunity for the physically handicapped. Each, in its way, requires a certain amount of public enlightenment. The employer must be shown, by actual evidence, that it pays to employ the handicapped—they are conscientious, able workers who can produce a profit. Business is a world of reality, and profit and loss are real to the employer. However, this phase is only one factor. The problem of preemployment examinations, performed, for the most part (estimated at about 94%, nationally), by the general practitioners of the country, is also a tremendously important factor in determining whether the physically handicapped job applicant gets work. Here, the element of enlightenment again comes to the fore. To a great extent, people in this nation are creatures of habit. In many ways this is admirable, when the habits are good, but when

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