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February 19, 1988

CONTEMPO '87 Crushes Disturbs, Saddens, Amazes, and Disappoints

Author Affiliations

Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital Chicago
The University of Illinois Hospital Chicago

Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital Chicago
The University of Illinois Hospital Chicago

JAMA. 1988;259(7):1015-1016. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03720070021022
Abstract

To the Editor.  —The Oct 23/30 issue of JAMA1 features an in-depth discussion of advances during the past year in a number of specialties. We were disturbed that the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation was not included in the issue. Physical medicine and rehabilitation is a dynamic and rapidly growing specialty. For example, the Graduate Medical Education National Advisory Committee recently predicted a need for 4060 physiatrists by 1990. To meet this demand there will need to be a doubling in the number of practicing physiatrists during the next four years (Am Med News, July 17,1987).There has been a wealth of recent advances in physical medicine and rehabilitation, including, for example, using electrical muscle stimulation for the treatment of hemiplegia, a promising therapy for a condition previously thought to be untreatable.2Physical medicine and rehabilitation is a specialty that works closely with internists and other primary

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