The problem of rehabilitation of paraplegics has only recently reached its present proportions. According to statistics, during the period after World War I only 10–20% of patients with spinal cord injuries lived longer than a few weeks or months (Guttmann). After World War II this situation changed radically. Now 80% of paraplegics live longer than one year, and the statistics of many centers engaged in the treatment and rehabilitation of paraplegics include survivals for 10 or more years.


Spinal Cord Injury Vertebral Fracture Vocational Training Spina Bifida Disability Pension 
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