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HISTORY OF MEDICINE
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 148-152

Dr. Mary Verghese: Wheelchair surgeon and pioneer of physical medicine and rehabilitation in India


Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

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Raji Thomas
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Christian Medical College, Vellore - 632 004, Tamil Nadu
India
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DOI: 10.4103/cmi.cmi_27_17

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The history of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) in India is intertwined with the personal story of Dr. Mary Verghese. The tragedy of a road traffic accident that rendered her paraplegic inspired her to establish a department of PM&R in Vellore and a Rehabilitation Institute, the first of its kind in the country. The Rehabilitation Institute which she pioneered is today one of the premier institutes for the rehabilitation of people with disabilities and stands as a testimony to the transforming power of her faith and resilience.


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