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April 18, 1931


JAMA. 1931;96(16):1327-1328. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720420051023

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International Congress of Physical Therapy  The first International Congress of Physical Therapy was held at Liége, twenty-five years ago, and after the lapse of twenty-five years the same persons served on the organization committee of the fifth international congress, also held at Liége (Sept. 14-18, 1930). The congress was divided into five sections: kinesitherapy, radiology, hydrology and climatology, electrotherapy, actinology. There was also a section in which questions of a general nature were discussed; notably, instruction in physical therapy. The following resolution was adopted:

  1. Physical therapy occupies in the training of physicians an equal place with surgery and pharmacology. The training should be both theoretical and practical—in the form of courses and practical exercises.

  2. Physical therapy should be an obligatory course of instruction for at least two clinical semesters and should constitute an independent subject for examination.

  3. Instruction in physical therapy should be given by a special instructor. The professor

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