Historian's talk focuses on massage and history of physical therapy

Kay Nias is a Medicine Galleries Research Fellow based at the Science Museum in London. She recently gave a talk on massage and the history of physiotherapy to the Society for the Social History of Medicine and Health at the University of Birmingham.

In her talk, Kay explored some of the ways in which debates about massage, the status of touch and haptic knowledge stimulated and shaped the professionalisation of physical therapy in Britain in the late-19th and early-20th centuries.

You can read Kay’s talk here and view her slides here.  

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