Mission Statement

I transcribed the following from Dr Oliver Sacks, who was featured recently on Radiolab and is celebrating his 80th birthday. He was asked if his writings had helped other doctors (not just laypeople); his writings are not found in journal articles and are more about the patients experience, rather than a series of objective measures:

I am trying to – and I believe that I am – a good doctor. A doctor does not just diagnose a disease. That is the least; he has to do that, but it is the least of what he does. He is also concerned with the impact of the disease on the person, their experience of it, and how they might adapt or respond to treatment. So there is a strong individual story to be said for everyone with a disease or an injury. (To be a good doctor) you must expand the notion of medicine.

Well said, Dr Sacks. Of course, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to look at the field of physical therapy in a similar light:

…A physical therapist does not just diagnose neuromusculoskeletal disorders. That is the least; he has to do that, but it is the least of what he does. He is also concerned with the impact of the disability on the person, their experience of it, and how they might adapt or respond to intervention. So there is a strong individual story to be said for everyone with an injury or disorder. (To be a good therapist) you must expand the notion of ‘physical’ therapy.

Happy Birthday, Dr Sacks…and thank you.

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