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April 15, 1961

Total Rehabilitation in Heart Disease

Author Affiliations


Chief, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service, Veterans Administration Research Hospital, and Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service, Northwestern University Medical School. Past-Chairman, Section on Physical Medicine, American Medical Association.

JAMA. 1961;176(2):114-117. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040150030008

Most patients with heart disorders can be rehabilitated back to useful, productive living. Physical medicine and rehabilitation activities integrated with the medical program result in improved mental and physical performance, alleviate anxiety and frustration, and eliminate other psychological complications. The total rehabilitative program must be medically directed and supervised, for the over-all medical status of the patient governs the type, amount, and timing of rehabilitative procedures. Patients who cannot return to their former employment need vocational rehabilitation. Periodic reviews of medical status and occupational environment are essential.