TITLE

Kenny, Elizabeth

PUB. DATE
January 2009
SOURCE
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Encyclopedia
DOC. TYPE
Reference Entry
ABSTRACT
Kenny, Elizabeth (1880-1952), an Australian nurse known as Sister Kenny. (Sister is a title of British origin used to refer to a nurse who is the head of a ward.) She developed a treatment�using hot packs, massage, and exercise�that helped in the rehabilitation of polio patients. When medical authorities rejected her unusual treatment, strong-willed Sister Kenny persisted. In the late 1930's, Australian hospitals adopted her method, and she brought her technique to the United States in 1940. In 1943, the Elizabeth Kenny Institute (later called the Sister Kenny Institute) was established in Minneapolis to train therapists. She also worked with the Mayo Clinic.
ACCESSION #
37309512

 

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