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February 19, 1988

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

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

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