Dr Paterson examines the origins of the therapeutic use of occupation in psychiatric and physical medicine, the influence in Scotland of the professionalisation of the field in the USA and Canada, and the impact of the two world wars and the establishment of the National Health Service. She analyses the roles of doctors, the background of the pioneer Scottish occupational therapists, the foundation and development of the professional organisation, and occupational therapy education. The book is based on extensive original archival and oral history research by the author, who herself enjoyed a successful career in occupational therapy, becoming founding director of the Grampian School of Occupational Therapy. She has produced an account of interest to all those concerned with occupational therapy, as well as the histories of medicine, health professions, disability, and women's employment.
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