Physical medicine for the rehabilitation of the hemiplegic patient is not a new innovation in the field of medicine. Types of treatment and various regimens have periodically been elaborated in medical publications in years past.1 Unfortunately, however, as with many aspects of medicine, the widespread application and general appreciation of what can be offered to these patients has been largely deficient. In civilian practice expense has undoubtedly been a major factor in this deficient utilization of physical therapy. Lack of teaching of physical medicine in medical schools and the heretofore scarcity of properly trained technicians and medical specialists in the field have also contributed toward limiting the more general application of adequate rehabilitation.
The urgent demand in service hospitals during the recent war for rapid rehabilitation of sick and injured personnel provided the stimulus for the greatest use of physical medicine and its allied rehabilitation activities ever adopted generally.