Medicine: Speed-Up for Convalescents

The familiar woebegone soldier in wine-colored or grey pajamas, not sick enough to rate much attention, not well enough to return to his outfit, is disappearing from Army hospital corridors. Last week convalescing soldiers from coast to coast were having a busy time of it — and liking it.

Army doctors believe that emotional reconditioning is just as important as physical toughening. When possible, convalescents are now housed apart, away from the sickroom atmosphere, allowed to wear uniforms, play games, watch movies and live a normal military life as far as their disabilities will let them. Exercises range from light...

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