Thursday, 29 July 2010
Sister Kenny (1946) [* * * * * *]
This is a true-to-life story of a nurse called Elizabeth Kenny. Because she was working alone in the Australian bush without doctor support, she discovered a cure (no less!) for polio or infantile paralysis.
But the 'specialists' in the field were busy putting the 30% survivor-children in what she called "medieval torture instruments" or crutches, clamps and collars which deformed them altogether.
For 30 years the medical professon persecuted and banned her right to help children because she was a nurse, not a doctor!! Homeopathy has suffered a similar fate for its undeniable success.
If her 'Kenny Concept' of physiotherapy and treatment survived today for all kinds of paralysis, its only because the public rose up to support her though she was never allowed to treat an acute case, only those rejects of medicine (as with ayurveda and homeopathy today). You'd think that a profession that's supposed to dedicate itself to healing would reach out with open arms to purge its worst abuses, but it never has.
A fantastic story and a fantastic woman! Must watch.
Posted by Yoda