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November 2, 1963

Rehabilitation of Asthmatic Patients

JAMA. 1963;186(5):522-523. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03710050096024

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To the Editor:  —I wish to make a few comments on the article by McElhenney and Petersen entitled "Physical Fitness for Asthmatic Boys" (JAMA185:142 [July 13] 1963).Because of the widespread interest of physicians and others in the rehabilitation of patients with bronchial asthma and other pulmonary diseases, the American Academy of Allergy has created a Committee on Rehabilitation which is compiling a directory of rehabilitation centers and physical conditioning programs for asthmatic patients in the US. The committee is also attempting to facilitate exchange of information among investigators working in this field leading to the establishment of basic standards.There are three basic types of rehabilitation programs for asthmatics now being actively conducted: (1) in-patient type, (2) in-patient-out-patient type, and (3) out-patient type. Drs. McElhenney and Petersen are conducting a program of the out-patient type, which has been demonstrated to be the most practical in that it

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