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May 10, 1952

CARE OF SEVERELY PARALYZED UPPER EXTREMITIES

Author Affiliations

Warm Springs, Ga.

From Georgia Warm Springs Foundation.

JAMA. 1952;149(2):105-109. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930190007002
Abstract

Physicians who care for patients handicapped by the after-effects of acute anterior poliomyelitis are becoming increasingly concerned over the problem of care for severely involved upper extremities. This interest has grown out of an increasing demand for care of this type, which is due not only to the high incidence of poliomyelitis during the past few years but also, in a great part, to improved methods of saving life during the acute stage of the disease. It is reasonable to believe that in the past these patients usually did not survive the acute stage. The purpose of this paper is to outline methods of care of the patient with severe flaccid paralysis of the upper extremities and to discuss ways of increasing functional capacity through the use of adaptive apparatus. No attempt will be made to discuss the countless details of apparatus design or the training techniques necessary to give

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