||MC Dougall JB
||Rehabilitation of the tuberculous.
||Tuberculosis Workers Conference, 7th, Bombay, India,
23-25 Nov., 1949, p. 186-195.
Various schemes to rehabilitate TB patients operating
in England such as the Village Settlement concept where ex-patients
live in settlements surrounding the sanatorium from which they have
graduated, pioneered by Sir Pendrill Varrier-Jones at Cambridge,
and in other countries are presented to focus attention on certain
fundamentals and to stress that the attack on TB must be multilateral.
Few Village Settlements have been developed in the past 15 years,
as they only catered to a small proportion of the total tuberculous
population. For countries such as India, it is considered impractical
to embark on such large and expensive rehabilitation schemes. Rather,
rehabilitation should focus on serving at least the basic needs
of the patients. An important flaw in rehabilitation is the failure
to test the results of treatment. There is a need for medical supervision
of the patient while under treatment to ascertain whether he can
maintain his physical condition in spite of gradually increasing
expenditure of energy in exercise of various forms. Occupations
for rehabilitation patients should be based on their physical capacity.
A common and widespread effort by the State, industry and voluntary
organisations is needed to bring TB under control.
|KEYWORDS: REHABILITATION; SOCIAL WELFARE; UK.