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October 24, 1977

The Psychological and Social Impact of Physical Disability

JAMA. 1977;238(17):1853. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280180057032

"The Rehabilitation process is a journey not a destination." The authors, capable and experienced in their fields, attempt to guide the reader through that journey. They emphasize the viewpoint of the disabled toward himself as well as that of the nondisabled multitude toward him, all with a minimum of technical cant.

Except for two chapters and some comments, the book consists of articles previously published from 1966 to 1975. Nevertheless, the articles are still timely, and it is useful for them to be gathered into a single volume.

The book is of wide scope, covering disabilities such as amputation, paraplegia, disfiguring disease, injury, or surgery, and touching here and there on mental disability. The discussion ranges from the disabled child and his family to such topics as the sexuality of the handicapped. Aspects that seem particularly well presented are the problem of the patient's feeling of personal worth, the influence