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War's Waste: Rehabilitation in World War I America

Beth Linker


With U.S. soldiers stationed around the world and engaged in multiple conflicts, Americans will be forced for the foreseeable future to come to terms with those permanently disabled in battle. At the moment, we accept rehabilitation as the proper social and cultural response to the wounded, swiftly returning injured combatants to their civilian lives. But this was not always the case. This book explains how, before entering World War I, the United States sought a way to avoid the enormous cost of providing injured soldiers with pensions, which it had done since the Revolutionary War. Emboldene ... More

Keywords: Revolutionary War, orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, artificial limbs, Veterans Administration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226482538
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226482552.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Beth Linker, author