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War's WasteRehabilitation in World War I America$
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Beth Linker

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226482538

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226482552.001.0001

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Epilogue: Walter Reed, Then and Now

Epilogue: Walter Reed, Then and Now

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(p.167) Epilogue: Walter Reed, Then and Now
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War's Waste
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226482552.003.0009

This chapter evaluates the status of Walter Reed Hospital, which has become the primary receiving hospital for injured American soldiers. Known as the “center of gravity” in army medicine, today's Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) operated as a general hospital that provides a wide array of services equivalent to those found at any major university hospital in the civilian sector. The pride of Walter Reed was its orthopedic and rehabilitative care. Walter Reed rehabilitation team depended on Scoville's testimony and on their experience of working within a hospital bureaucracy when they put forth a formal proposal for a new amputee center. Their arguments that better technology and space were needed for better care proved persuasive. The Military Advanced Training Center presented a host of psychological and occupational therapy services that assist patients with adapting to their individual circumstances.

Keywords:   Walter Reed Hospital, WRAMC, injured American soldiers, rehabilitation, hospital bureaucracy, Military Training Center

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