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This report has been reviewed by a group other than the authors according to procedures approved by a Report Review Committee consisting of members of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine.

The Institute of Medicine was chartered in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences to enlist distinguished members of the appropriate professions in the examination of policy matters pertaining to the health of the public. In this, the Institute acts under both the Academy's 1863 congressional charter responsibility to be an adviser to the federal government and its own initiative in identifying issues of medical care, research, and education. Dr. Kenneth I. Shine is president of the Institute of Medicine.

Support for this project was provided by funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Contract No. 282-95-0035). Additional funding to support the publication and dissemination of the report was provided by the J. W. Kieckhefer Foundation, the American Physical Therapy Association, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health. The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the Committee on Assessing Rehabilitation Science and Engineering and do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsors.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Enabling America : assessing the role of rehabilitation science and engineering / Edward N. Brandt, Jr., and Andrew M. Pope, editors; Committee on Assessing Rehabilitation Science and Engineering, Division of Health Sciences Policy, Institute of Medicine.

p. cm.

Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index.

ISBN 0-309-06374-4 (cloth)

1. Rehabilitation technology—United States. 2. Medical rehabilitation—United States. I. Brandt, Edward N. (Edward Newman), 1933- . II. Pope, Andrew MacPherson, 1950- . III. Institute of Medicine (U.S.). Committee on Assessing Rehabilitation Science and Engineering.

RM950.E53 1997

362.1′786′0973—dc21 97-21183

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