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July 19, 1952

Calculation of Industrial Disabilities of the Extremities

JAMA. 1952;149(12):1170. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930290092032

In this monograph the author has developed a detailed objective approach to the evaluation of industrial disabilities limited to the extremities. In the preface, it is stated that the information is intended to be of specific assistance to the physician in determining disability, a guide to the industrial commissioner in setting weekly indemnity values, and an aid to the insurance adjuster in estimating insurance reserves. The well-delineated table of contents and index provide easy reference to the subject matter.

In the opening chapter, there is a brief review of the methods used by Kessler, McBride, and others. To the author, it seems that methods for calculating disability that give unit values for pain, incoordination, adaptability, and similar intangibles are of little more value than a good guess and are accurate only in proportion to the experience of the physician who makes them. Dr. Rice states that it is his assumption

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