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Deep massage and manipulation illustrated First Edition: Cyriax, James Henry

Cyriax, James Henry

Published by Hoeber (1945)

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About this Item: Hoeber, 1945. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 242 pages, 98 plates on physiotherapy and massage in various diseases and conditons. Birth of para-orthopedic specialties. James Henry Cyriax was a controversial figure often seen as an outsider in terms of the British medical establishment. His personal papers were acquired by the Archives and Manuscripts department of the Wellcome Library in 2009, and have recently been catalogued. The collection is split into personal and biographical material, clinical notes and photographs, publications and material relating to the Cyriax Foundation. Very little personal material has survived, but this is unsurprising as Cyriax himself admitted that his personal life suffered as a result of his dedication to his career. Often described as the father of orthopaedic medicine, Cyriax was the son of two doctors, both of whom treated musculoskeletal disorders, and grandson of a practitioner of Swedish medical gymnastics and a chemist. James Cyriax could be said to have medicine in his blood. Upon qualifying as a doctor in 1938, James Cyriax was appointed to the post of house surgeon to the department of orthopaedic surgery at St. Thomas’ Hospital, London. It didn’t take long for him to realise that surgery alone was not suitable for most of his patients, and that there was a need for a corresponding department to deal with non-surgical issues. He was particularly concerned that the x-rays used to diagnose musculoskeletal problems were inadequate for the purpose, which meant many patients were not receiving the correct treatment for their conditions. He also saw that the lack of communication between different specialists treating a patient (physicians, surgeons, and physiotherapists) could be detrimental to their healing. Cyriax won the Heberden prize in 1943 for his essay on the pathology and treatment of chronic sprains of the elbow. He published extensively, his best known publication being the Textbook of Orthopaedic Medicine, first published as a two volume work in 1954, it has since been through over ten editions. The same year the Textbook was first published, Cyriax was elected as a Member of the Royal College of Physicians. He never became a Fellow, possibly because of his difficult relations with his peers, who alleged that he was unable to produce scientific verification for his often controversial ideas. Although not a mainstream figure in Britain, Cyriax and his ideas found more favour abroad. He became visiting professor of orthopaedic medicine at the University of Rochester, Medical Center, New York in 1975, and also taught in Australia, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand, as well as most countries in Europe. Given that Cyriax’s main contributions to medicine arose because of his direct experience with patients, and that he continued to see patients up until his death in 1985, it is unsurprising that a large amount of the archive is closed due to Data Protection considerations. In time this material will provide a rich resource for researchers such as family historians, those interested in the history and treatment of conditions such as sciatica, scoliosis, and lumbago, and those researching the relationship between the patient and the medical profession. Seller Inventory # K0-ITQO-1M42

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