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June 17, 1992

Hospital Staff, Victims, Families Cope With Life-Altering Effects of Violence

JAMA. 1992;267(23):3123-3126. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03480230013003

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THE WRONG PLACE at the wrong time. That's where victims of urban violence say they were when tragedy struck.

If their luck changes, they may find themselves afterward in the right place to reclaim a life that has been altered forever by traumatic injury, often from a gun or a knife. This is a story about some of the staff at one of these places and a few of the victims of this country's war against itself.

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) is not only highly esteemed in Illinois, but the U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Hospitals" survey rated it first in the nation (August 5, 1991). It is one of 135 rehabilitation hospitals and 672 rehabilitation units in general hospitals in the United States.

Such facilities used to exist primarily to help patients of all ages who were injured in motor vehicle, diving, and other accidents.