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Medical manipulations and the history of physiotherapy

From gymnastics to splints and uterine massage, the history of physiotherapy takes in a surprisingly broad range of people and practices. Mechanotherapy's legacies can be seen in the ‘massage corps’ of the First World War who treated soldiers, as well as the rise of opportunities for women in medicine.

Words by Kay Nias

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Kay is currently a Medicine Galleries Research Fellow at the Science Museum. Before that she did a PhD on the history of physiotherapy at the University of Exeter. When not geeking out about history, she loves all things running, meditation and Cornwall.