Association of Academic Physiatrists

A Brief History of PM&R

Physiatry Perspectives form the Association of Academic Physiatrists

Here’s my recent interview on the history of physical medicine and rehabilitation for the Association of Academic Physiatrists. It outlines the major US and world events that helped to lay the foundation for physical and rehabilitation medicine, and emphasizes the role of early leaders such as Frank Krusen, Howard Rusk and others who helped to establish the field within organized medicine.

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