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October 26, 1957

INDUSTRIAL INJURY-THE PRACTICAL NEED FOR EVALUATION OF CAPABILITY

JAMA. 1957;165(8):934-938. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980260020004
Abstract

There are many highly specialized rehabilitation centers for the severely disabled and many sources for treatment of minor injuries, but there are comparatively few sources for complete physical treatment designed for people with moderately severe injuries who anticipate returning to their previous occupations or some modification of their normal employment. In many instances it is the responsibility of the physician to determine whether the injured person is employable. It must be recognized that an individual with a given disability may be able to perform under certain working conditions and fail completely in a different working situation. It is felt that present facilities, no matter how extensive, often fail to recondition properly, by not simulating true working conditions. Practical proof is needed to evaluate whether a worker can perform his previous occupation, or whether retraining is required.

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