JEROME G. KAUFMAN, M.D., F.A.C.P.; MARVIN C. BECKER, M.D.
Rehabilitation was defined at the First National Conference on Cardiovascular Diseases as "the return of a person disabled by accident or disease to his greatest physical mental, emotional, social, vocational and economic usefulness and if employable, an opportunity for gainful employment." As such, its importance extends not only to the patient but also to the family and to the community at large.
Arteriosclerotic heart disease comprises one of the most important categories of cardiac disability, and often poses the greatest problem in rehabilitation.1 According to Master,2 coronary artery disease comprises one third of all heart ailments. The 1944 death rate
KAUFMAN JG, BECKER MC. REHABILITATION OF THE PATIENT WITH CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE1. Ann Intern Med. 1954;41:9–17. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-41-1-9
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1954;41(1):9-17.
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