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November 3, 1917


Author Affiliations


From September, 1914, until February, 1917, orthopedic surgeon to the Red Cross Base Hospital "Am Urban," Berlin, Germany.

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(18):1522-1524. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.25910450003015

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In England, under the direction of Sir Robert Jones, and in Canada, through the Hospitals Commission, organized effort is being made to reclaim the crippled soldier. In Germany, a similar movement was initiated by Professor Biesalski, secretary of the Organization for the Care of Cripples and of the Orthopedists' Association. In France, a layman, the mayor of Lyons, Monsieur Herriot, laid the foundation by establishing a school for crippled soldiers. In each of the belligerent countries, the necessity for intelligent care of those crippled by the war has been appreciated, and means, more or less adequate, have been found to meet it.

I wish to emphasize the importance of what is called the orthopedic reconstruction hospital. Of the soldiers unfit for further military service—the blind, those suffering from internal diseases, the psychopathic and the crippled—the first three groups can be cared for by an extension of the existing hospitals and

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