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October 20, 1962

Financial Security May Hinder Rehabilitation Of Industrial Accident Patients

JAMA. 1962;182(3):37-38. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050420109045

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Financial security may react unfavorably on the rehabilitation and return to work of many industrial accident patients, an Iowa City orthopedic surgeon said at the Interstate Postgraduate Medical Association meeting in Chicago October 1-4.

"There is no doubt that a benefit plan whereby employes injured at work have their wages maintained while off work is an equitable system," said Dr. Adrian E. Flatt, associate professor of orthopedic surgery at the State University of Iowa.

"Equally," he added, "there is no doubt that such financial security reacts unfavorably on the rehabilitation and return to work of many patients." He pointed out that part of the treatment of an injured hand is to maintain its mobility by use.

"An additional factor that has to be overcome is what can best be called a tradition of disability," he said. Flatt explained that industries in which injuries of a similar type occur frequently often

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