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March 28, 1966

Rehabilitation: An Evolving Concept

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From the Niagara Frontier Vocational Rehabilitation Center, Buffalo.

JAMA. 1966;195(13):1129-1132. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100130103027

The word rehabilitation is relatively new and our present concept has attained form and subtance only recently. The idea, however, is as ancient as the practice of medicine. I shall attempt to put into a meaningful picture what we are dealing with in a vocational rehabilitation center. The things I have to say may perform as aids to memory and as challenges to more effective operation, the modest duties of a sketchbook. It is sometimes possible to catch something of the recovery of the past and the delineation of the present, in the swift movement of a lightly penciled sketch. And, if I may be permitted to mix metaphors, I must confess that "I have gathered a posie of other men's flowers/And nothing but the thread that binds them is mine own."

I suppose the first recorded case of rehabilitation is to be found in the book of Genesis, with

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