Thursday, March 15, 2007

The shoulder
The story of physical therapy

Last week the physical therapist tried to get the posterior deltoid muscle to work by electrically stimulating it. It didn’t work but was still fun to try. (None of the pain of electromyography!)

One of her colleagues, also a good therapist, yesterday told the story of their field. As recently as the 1800s, as surgeons still didn’t know about germs, most soldiers died either directly from their injuries or from infections. In a classic story of good coming out of evil, that changed with World War I as for the first time most wounded soldiers survived and needed rehab, a process that of course stepped up after World War II.

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