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JAMA. 1974;228(8):959-971. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230330003001.
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Burn ward discipline pays off in more successful rehabilitation  "Spare the severely burned child and spoil his or her future" is a motto that surgeon Sally Abston, MD, and clinical psychologist Richard Schmitt, PhD, would gladly hang over the entrance to the Shriners' Burns Institute in Galveston. While the Institute, affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Branch, has a strong and sympathetic program to accustom parents and children to the harsh facts of post-burn life, there is no coddling of either group once the life-threatening acute phase is over.In the words of Dr. Abston, physician-in-charge of the acute burn ward and mother of two children: "If after three or four days the kiddie won't eat unless momma feeds him, momma is banished until he does." Drs. Schmitt and Abston also will see to it that the child with severely burned hands gets a fork or spoon taped


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