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Author Linker, Beth, author.

Title War's waste : rehabilitation in World War I America / Beth Linker.

Publication Info. Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, [2014]


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Rock Island Main Lib Adult Non-Fiction - RIPG-6  362.1086 LIN    AVAILABLE
Edition Paperback edition.
Description 291 pages : illustrations. ; 23 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note Originally published in hardcover: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2011.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-275) and index.
Contents Introduction: The roots of rehabilitation -- The problem of the pensioner -- Reconstructing disabled soldiers -- A new female force -- Maximalist medicine at Walter Reed -- The limb lab and the engineering of manly bodies -- Propaganda and patient protest -- Rehabilitating the industrial army -- Epilogue: Walter Reed, then and now.
Summary 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, as the author reveals in this book. In it, she 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. Emboldened by their faith in the new social and medical sciences, reformers pushed rehabilitation as a means to "rebuild" disabled soldiers, relieving the nation of a monetary burden and easing the decision to enter the Great War. The author's narrative moves from the professional development of orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists to the curative workshops, or hospital spaces where disabled soldiers learned how to repair automobiles as well as their own artificial limbs. The story culminates in the postwar establishment of the Veterans Administration, one of the greatest legacies to come out of the First World War.
Subject World War (1914-1918) (OCoLC)fst01180746
Chronological Term 1900 - 1999
Subject Disabled veterans -- Rehabilitation -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Veterans -- Medical care -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Medical rehabilitation -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Disabled Persons -- rehabilitation.
Disabled Persons -- history.
History, 20th Century.
Military Medicine -- history.
Veterans -- history.
World War I.
Disabled veterans -- Rehabilitation. (OCoLC)fst00894663
Medical rehabilitation. (OCoLC)fst01014582
Veterans -- Medical care. (OCoLC)fst01165761
United States.
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Editions: Reprint of (manifestation): Linker, Beth War's waste : rehabilitation in World War I America Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2011 9780226482538 (OCoLC)666234989
ISBN 022614335X

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