Stoke Mandeville Road to the Paralympics


Joan Scruton was Ludwig Guttmann's Personal Secretary from the time that he founded the Spinal Unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in 1944. This book details the founding of the Unit, the early development, transfer of the Unit from the Ministry of Pensions to the National Health Service and the founding of the International Medical Society of Paraplegia. Having set the scene the rest of the book concentrates on the development of sport for the paralysed, ®rst as therapy, then recreation and eventually competitive sport and elite competitive sport. The Paralympic movement is now so well known and developed that it is really interesting to learn the small seeds from which this movement arose. Joan Scruton details these developments from local games to national games to the International Stoke Mandeville Games and the ®rst Paralympics in Rome in 1958. The complex organizational matters behind the development of sport for the paralysed are very fully documented. All those with an interest in sport for the paralysed will ®nd this a fascinating book. Hans Frankel Genetics of Neurological Disorders Author: Michael Barritser Published by: Oxford University Press: 443pp. ISBN: 0 19 26 28143 Price: £49.50

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@article{Frankel1999StokeMR, title={Stoke Mandeville Road to the Paralympics}, author={Hans L. Frankel}, journal={Spinal Cord}, year={1999}, volume={37}, pages={526-526} }