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January 1956

The Rehabilitation of Hemiplegics with Auricular Fibrillation: The Effect of Conversion to Regular Sinus Rhythm; A Preliminary Report

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1956;97(1):73-78. doi:10.1001/archinte.1956.00250190089008

In recent years much of the literature has been devoted to the magnitude of the problem of the cardiac patient. The treatment and growing number of cardiacs who are partially disabled as a result of myocardial infarction, decompensation, etc., have been viewed with growing concern by physicians throughout the nation.

Of 61,000 people rehabilitated in 1953 using the services of the State vocational rehabilitation agencies, 4.3% were cardiacs as opposed to 10.9% with tuberculosis, on the basis of a return to gainful employment or improved work status.

In 1952 Benton and Rusk1 stated that 90% of hemiplegics can be retrained and, of these, about one-third can be productively placed. The enormous importance of effective rehabilitation becomes obvious in the light of these statistics.

The experiences in the Work Classification Unit at Bellevue Hospital in New York City have shown that cardiacs can work, and Benton and Rusk have further

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