Hand made history.
Subject: Physical therapy (Health aspects)
Physical therapy (Research)
Therapeutics, Physiological (Health aspects)
Therapeutics, Physiological (Research)
Spinal cord injuries (Care and treatment)
Spinal cord injuries (Research)
Author: Nicholls, David
Pub Date: 11/01/2010
Publication: Name: New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy Publisher: New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists ISSN: 0303-7193
Issue: Date: Nov, 2010 Source Volume: 38 Source Issue: 3
Topic: Event Code: 310 Science & research
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 263880349
Full Text: With two years to go until our centenary, we have begun a series of retrospective pieces to highlight changes in the journal and the profession at large. We have called it 'Hand Made History' to reflect the importance of our manual skills in managing people's health problems, but also as a pun directed at our historical status as 'handmaidens' to medicine.

In this first piece we have taken two brief articles from the November journal of 1960. Published exactly 50 years ago, the articles are noteworthy for (at least) three reasons: firstly, they reflect the fact that in 1960 the journal was still highly dependent on doctors to provide authoritative content. Any writing on the anatomy, diagnosis or pathology of a problem came from a doctor. In the case of the first article on 'Low Back Strain' the author is Allan Macdonald, notable orthopaedic surgeon in Auckland in the 1960s (see BMJ, 1961; 1; 813 for an article on the New Zealand branch of the BMA written by Mr Macdonald). Secondly, the accompanying article by Ian Tayler on 'Back Management' was published just before Stanley Paris left New Zealand on a Workers Compensation Board Spinal Research Grant to find out how spinal injuries were being treated in Europe and America. The early seeds of the revolution in spinal manipulation that would dominate New Zealand's recent physiotherapy history were being sown in New Zealand by pioneers like Robin McKenzie, Brian Mulligan, Ian Searle, Craig Cameron and Michael Monaghan and the NZMTA and IFOMT were, as yet, unformed. Thirdly, and most poignantly, the article reminds us of the recent death of Ian Tayler, whose obituary was published in Physio Matters (2010; September; 22).

Ian was a remarkable therapist. As one of the first of a cohort of returned servicemen to enter physiotherapy training in Dunedin after the war, Ian had experienced terrible privation. Held in German and Italian prisoner-of-war camp for four years, he was, by his own admission, physically and mentally broken. But spending time around young people again, and most especially learning how to heal other people helped him heal himself. Ian's empathy for other people's suffering, and the importance of education and empowerment come through strongly in his paper.

We will be publishing further historical articles and notable content over the course of the next two years. We hope you enjoy these papers which will give some people pause for reflection, and others reminiscences of times gone by but not forgotten.

David Nicholls

Chair, New Zealand Physiotherapy History Working Group
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