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November 2, 1957

BOOTSTRAPS FOR OUR FORGOTTEN MILLIONSHOW BOLD ADVANCES IN AND OUT OF MEDICINE ARE ENABLING THE DISABLED TO REBUILD THEIR LIVES

JAMA. 1957;165(9):1145-1151. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.72980270012013

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Abstract

At nine o'clock tomorrow morning, a scowling but determined man will mutter a surly good-by to his companion and begin strolling across downtown Chicago. Commuters and shoppers, motor exhaust and police whistles, jutting newstands and steep curbs—these will make the world's toughest obstacle course in a most decisive journey.

This man is blind. He will reach the other end of the Loop all right—just as some 300 others have "soloed" during the past eight years, and just as he might expect hundreds more to do in years ahead. When he gets there the scowl will be gone. His companion counselor, having rushed to the destination by a short cut, suddenly will be transformed from a cruel taskmaster into the greatest guy in the world.

"That's the way it always turns out," says Russell Williams (sightless himself), who is in charge of rehabilitation of the blind at suburban Hines Veterans Hospital.

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