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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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Introduction: The Roots of Rehabilitation

Introduction: The Roots of Rehabilitation

(p.1) Introduction: The Roots of Rehabilitation
War's Waste
University of Chicago Press

This chapter reports the origins of rehabilitation. “War's waste” was a turn of phrase that referred to the human remains of war as well as to the economic cost that the nation had to endure after the battle was over. Rehabilitation was a way to repair social order after the chaos of war by (re)making men into producers of capital. The Army Medical Department stepped in rapidly to fill the legislative requirements for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation legislation resulted in the formation of entirely new, female-dominated medical subspecialties. This book explains how and why amputee patients became the gold standard of rehabilitation. Antipension proponents who wanted to bolster the virtues of rehabilitation frequently used success stories of amputee veterans who could appear cured. The Progressive reformers who legislated and instituted rehabilitation could not have imagined a more ideal disabled soldier-patient.

Keywords:   rehabilitation, social order, Army Medical Department, legislation, amputee patients, Progressive reformers

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