The report of the Baruch Committee on Medicine, April, 1944, has stated the problem as follows: "There is a gap between the customary endpoint of medical attention and the real necessities of many patients. In general, physicians have filled this gap in a lackadaisical and spotty manner. Rehabilitation fills this gap and provides maximal improvement for the patient."
The early attention to total appraisal, attempted prognostication, intelligent therapeutic emphasis, and the development of desirable traits for eventual vocational placement, are of major importance. A continuing interest in these same objectives in a given patient, must be maintained.
It is apparent that the pediatrician must assume a more important role in rehabilitation in view of his early contact with most of these children, if the most effective rehabilitation program is to be instituted appropriately for attainment of the best possible results in later life.
- Copyright © 1957 by the American Academy of Pediatrics