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'A small price to pay for peace': the Elizabeth Kenny controversy re-examined


Martyr, PJ, 'A small price to pay for peace': the Elizabeth Kenny controversy re-examined, Australian Historical Studies, 28, (108) pp. 47-65. ISSN 0018-2559 (1997) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/10314619708596027


Between 1933 and 1939, Sister Elizabeth Kenny attracted media and medical attention by claiming to have developed an effective form of after-care for poliomyelitis. The furore that erupted involved ancillary health care workers who felt threatened by Kenny's apparent government support. A key issue exposed by the controversy was a profound social fear of physical deformity, shared by Kenny and the newly successful field of orthopaedics, both of whom marketed a eugenic hope of straightness and correctness.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Martyr, PJ (Dr Philippa Martyr)
ID Code:10879
Year Published:1997
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:1997-08-01
Last Modified:2011-09-22

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