Suspension Therapy in Rehabilitation
London: Ballière, Tindall and Cox
Advocated by Roman medical scholar Aulus Cornelius Celsus (c. 25 BC – 50 AD), in his work De Medicina, suspension therapy as a rehabilitative treatment has a long history. Olive Frances Guthrie Smith (1883-1956), a British trained physiotherapist at St Mary’s Hospital, London, was largely responsible for realising the therapeutic potential of suspension therapy in physiotherapy. To this end, Guthrie Smith and Arthur Porritt (1900-94), orthopaedic surgeon and former Governor General of New Zealand, published a paper in the British Medical Journal (1931) describing the use of suspension therapy in rehabilitation for conditions such as poliomyelitis (polio) and fractures.
Margaret Hollis and Margaret H. S. Roper, “Suspension Therapy in Rehabilitation,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed July 16, 2019, http://otago.ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/8057.
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