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Spirit of Stoke Mandeville: The Story of Sir Ludwig Guttmann Hardcover – 10 Jul 1986
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Professor Sir Ludwig "Poppa" Guttmann, CBE is best known as the visionary founder of the Paralympic Games. It is thanks largely to him that, from a small archery competition in 1948 involving 16 paralysed British war veterans, evolved a major international sporting event featuring elite athletes with all kinds of disabilities. Asked to run a spinal injuries unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital by a British government anticipating the worst as the second front began in 1944, he single-handedly revolutionised the care of paralysed servicemen. The Centre opened on the 1st of February 1944 with 26 beds and so a new era started for spinal injuries patients. Guttmann introduced a whole new approach to the way tetraplegic and paraplegic patients were treated from the initial stages of injury until final resettlement.
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