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The End of Physiotherapy

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Physiotherapy is arriving at a critical point in its history. Since World War I, physiotherapy has been one of the largest allied health professions and the established provider of orthodox physical rehabilitation. But ageing populations of increasingly chronically ill people, a growing scepticism towards biomedicine and the changing economy of healthcare threaten physioth ...more
Hardcover, 286 pages
Published July 26th 2017 by Routledge
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Alex Phillips
May 04, 2019 rated it liked it
The introduction of this book made tantalising claims and nailed quite a few of the professions issues. Part 1 then gave an eye opening account of the history of Physiotherapy and made some interesting comparisons suggesting things haven’t changed as much as we think since World War One. However there was one too many tangents and this section lost some relevance and structure.
I was disappointed with the second half of this book. There was a lot of teasing one liners to spike curiosity, but the
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Fionita
Aug 25, 2020 rated it liked it
The title is perhaps overly provocative/controversial but I guess it served the purpose of grabbing attention! This book offered some really fascinating history about the emergence of physiotherapy as a profession and the changing attitudes to touch. It was interesting to read the author's questioning about ideas frequently taken for granted in physiotherapy - such as references to "normal" function and the tendency to focus on independence. Off-puttingly sloppy editing at times - there were who ...more
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