Pediatric rehabilitation and the pediatrician
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Summary1.The field of pediatric rehabilitation is new and stimulating, and is worthy of our best efforts.2.The number of diseases best treated by the rehabilitation approach has increased.3.The four basic principles of pediatric rehabilitation can be characterized by the following phrases: (a) let's try; (b) what's left? (c) function, not disease, determines treatment; (d) rehabilitation involves total care of the child; and (e) rehabilitation is a long-term undertaking.4.The most important areas for rehabilitation are: (a) musculoskeletal disability; (b) communication disability; (c) visceral disability.5.The rehabilitation teamworking through an evaluation conference is the most important part of the armamentarium in pediatric rehabilitation.6.Teachability is the significant limiting factor in rehabilitation. The patient is, therefore, the most important member of the rehabilitation team.7.The pediatrician on the team functions as pediatrician, coordinator, surrogate, and investigator.

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