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October 19, 1957


Author Affiliations

Dallas, Texas; Boston; New York; Palo Alto, Calif.

Clinical Instructor in Medicine, Southwestern Medical School (Dr. Williams); Consultant, Massachusetts General Hospital (Dr. White); Professor and Chairman, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, New York University College of Medicine (Dr. Rusk); Department of Internal Medicine, Palo Alto Medical Clinic (Dr. Lee).

JAMA. 1957;165(7):791-794. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980250025006

Rehabilitation, especially as applied to persons with cardiovascular disease is a positive action, the aim of which is to get the patient (and his relatives) in a healthy optimistic state of mind, and his body in as good functioning capacity as is possible, so that he may happily return to society as a producing, independent, creative member. The most important problem is the elimination of fear and misinformation about heart disease in the patient and his family. Using congenital heart disease as an example, the greatest situation to be overcome, in the rehabilitation of a patient, is the avoidance of problems resulting from over-restriction imposed by parent or doctor. Education of physicians, such as now practiced by the American Heart Association, to include such facilities that aid in the placement of cardiacs in suitable jobs, is one important approach to rehabilitation.