Spring 2017

Blurring Lines Between Arts and Sciences May 2, 2017 - Welcome to the Spring 2017 issue of the Journal for Humanities in Rehabilitation. We celebrate educators who blur the lines of arts and sciences as they reveal the true interconnections which drive both innovation across fields and also a deeper meaning individually within ourselves.
DPT Program Stages an Art Show: Using Art to Develop a Heart for the Profession of Physical Therapy May 2, 2017 - Sue Klappa, PT, PhD, and colleagues discuss how Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students created visual art projects to gain a deeper understanding of how physical therapy transforms society and improves quality of life for patients.
Frida Kahlo’s Backbone May 2, 2017 - Through a carefully constructed and thoughtful poem, Michael J. Leach, PhD, explores the tumultuous life and art of Frida Khalo revealing the tremendous strength that underlies this artist’s work.
Healing Bodies with Diverse Minds May 2, 2017 - In her book, Rethinking Thought, Laura Otis, PhD, explores how differently people receive information and applies these lessons to create strategies for improving patient centered care and maximizing learning.
Healing Hands May 2, 2017 - Reflecting on his devoted relationship to his wife, Linda, and her rehabilitation with Occupational Therapist, Melissa Tober, David Bryan Lackey shares the powerful story that inspired the photograph “Healing Hands” and the resultant formation of the Healing Hands clinic which showcases professional images of hands from around the world.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: Disability and Art in Fin-de-Siècle Paris May 2, 2017 - Fourth year medical student John David Ike explores Toulouse Lautrec's physical disability and its impact on his art in fin-de-siècle Paris.
Lessons from the Lake May 2, 2017 - Through her description of a personal encounter with an acquaintance devastated by a stroke, Regina Kaufman, PT, EdD, MS, NCS, contemplates how personal connection during therapy sessions may enable patients to re-embody the world and social roles that they have lost.
Our Roots as Rehabilitation Specialists May 2, 2017 - Vintage 1951 video footage from the first World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT) lays the framework for historical reflections on the evolution of Physical Therapy and rehabilitation, tracing roots of professional identity to distinct cultures and practices from around the world.
Poet in Profile: Larry Eigner May 2, 2017 - English doctoral student Joe Fritsch provides an introductory look into the complex visual poetics of Larry Eigner (1926-1996), a poet with cerebral palsy, who developed his artistic practice over a lifetime.
The Other Side of the Bedrail May 2, 2017 - After nearly 20 years of clinical practice, physical therapist Mary Pugh Alligood finds herself reflecting on lessons learned from the other side of patient care and poignantly describes her experiences after a diagnosis of inoperable brain cancer tumor and colostomy surgery.
War Photography: The Physical and Psychological Costs May 2, 2017 - Exploring the lives and careers of 12 extraordinary war photographers, Anthony Feinstein, PhD, underscores the grave danger these visual historians encounter when covering conflict and raises our awareness of the individuals behind the camera, who risk their lives to bear witness to violence and suffering.
When the Foo is on the Other Shüte (I Mean When the Shoe is on the Other Foot) May 2, 2017 - Experienced Rehabilitation Psychologist, Joyce Fichtenbaum, PhD, reflects on the important distinctions between wants and needs, and waiting, anticipating, and planning when facing life altering diagnoses and addressing the unknowns of health and illness.

Fall 2016

“Research” What You Say: I Did Not Suffer a Stroke, I Survived One November 30, 2016 - Stroke survivor Eva Froehle reflects on the use of language in study recruitment material as she shares thoughtful insights from a research participant perspective.
Sharing Spirits and Silence is Strength November 30, 2016 - Struggling with severe aphasia after her stroke, Yvette Warren offers a truly powerful poetic expression of her journey and reminds us of the strength in silence.
The Intouchables – A Reflection on Disability and Caregiving: Who Helps Whom? November 30, 2016 - The Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano film “The Intouchables” poignantly challenges traditional perceptions of disability by asking viewers to contemplate what it truly means to live a full life. The film has served as a powerful educational tool for Sarah Caston, Assistant Professor in the Wingate University Department of Physical Therapy.
Art Saved My Life November 30, 2016 - Bill Forester reflects on re-discovering himself after suffering a massive hemorrhagic stroke. Realizing that he would not be returning to work, Bill and his family devoted their time to his rehabilitation, embarking on an ambitious path of trial and error and the ultimate discovery of painting as a medium for rehabilitation.
From Surviving to Flourishing: Using Narrative as a Tool for Patient-Centered Care November 30, 2016 - Alison Cogan, occupational therapist and doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California, explores the benefits of developing skills for understanding and interpreting stories through reading and analyzing published first-person illness narratives.
Gifts of Wisdom November 30, 2016 - Welcome to the Fall 2016 issue of the Journal for Humanities in Rehabilitation. In a time when civil discourse is challenged by an atmosphere of socio-political unrest, the humanities provide a landscape to foster mindful reflection, to hear our shared stories of suffering and resilience, and to see the expansive potential of art to create meaning in our lives.
Lessons Outside the Classroom: The Moultrie Migrant Farmworker Experience November 30, 2016 - Dr. Jodan Garcia writes about the transformative experience of serving migrant farmworkers in south Georgia.
Matisse: Innovation in the Face of Physical Limitations November 30, 2016 - Perspectives in Art Section Editor Siobhan Conaty discusses the role of physical disability in the life of artist Henri Matisse.
Of Human Bonding: Developing Interprofessional Competencies in the Humanities Classroom November 30, 2016 - Health humanities scholar and creative writer, Dr. Lisa Kerr Dunn joins with Medical University of South Carolina colleagues to provide strategies for designing health humanities courses to foster the development of student collaborative knowledge, attitudes, and skills.
Poet in Profile: John O’Donohue November 30, 2016 - Dr. Jenifer Markley examines how the poetry of John O’Donohue challenges healthcare workers to reassess their interactions with suffering “at the intersection of the sacred with the profane."
Recovery and Reflection: The Role of History in Nursing Education November 30, 2016 - Dr. Kylie Smith explores the history of mental health nursing by studying the therapeutic role of nurses. By examining the social and historical context of nursing practice, she highlights the humanities as powerful educational tools that allow one to critically analyze the assumptions and narratives that underpin modern health care practice.
Remnants of Her November 30, 2016 - Program Director in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Southern Mississipi, Dr. Holly Huye shares a poignant reflection of her mother’s struggles with dementia and a family’s dedication to preserving memories.
Resources: Fall 2016 November 8, 2016 - Collection of links and resources for health humanities with potential applications in rehabilitation sciences education, clinical care and research.
The Humanities and Speech-Language Pathology in Rehabilitation November 30, 2016 - Dr. Jacqueline Laures-Gore, Director of the Aphasia and Motor Speech Disorders Research Lab at Georgia State University, describes how speech-language pathologists have sought to use modes of artistic expression to link humanistic endeavor with the science of clinical work.
“It Sounds Like a Drama:” Hearing Stories of Chronic Low Back Pain Through Poetic (Re)presentation November 30, 2016 - British researchers Dr. Vinette Cross and colleagues bring a poetic voice to the experiences of patients with chronic low back pain and their family members, creating a performance that bears witness to the frustration, sadness and resolve of these individuals.
“We are looking for positives here”: Seeking Intersections of Pain, Grief and Disability November 30, 2016 - Dr. Christina Crosby broke her neck in a cycling accident in 2003. She argues that chronic pain and grieving over incapacity need to be openly explored in both therapeutic and scholarly conversations about disability, because pain unacknowledged is corrosive and weakens attachment to ongoing life.

Summer 2016

Art as a Tool for Disseminating Research Outcomes: The Hauā Mana Māori Project and Participatory Action Research in New Zealand June 20, 2016 - New Zealand professor Katrina Bryant and colleagues describe their work with patient-centered research resulting in an art exhibit that conveys a cultural experience of disability.
Disabled Souls June 20, 2016 - Zoher Kapasi’s uses poetry to respond to India’s stark healthcare inequality in the 1980s while calling attention to the role perspective plays in the way we perceive ourselves and others.
Dual Impact June 20, 2016 - Amanda Lalonde’s clinical narrative reflects on the power of her patient’s resilience, and its impact on both his recovery and her sense of self as a clinician.
Finding Your Voice Through Poetry June 20, 2016 - Maria Birdseye, joined by her speech therapist Rita Lor demonstrates the power of poetry in light of the challenges of Parkinson's disease.
It’s All Good June 20, 2016 - Veteran poet Hugh Suggs uses his craft to find meaning in suffering and offer hope through the healing language of poetry.
Mentoring the Next Generation of Health Care Providers: An Interprofessional Senior Mentor Program June 20, 2016 - Renowned Sociology scholar Ellen Idler and colleagues share an innovative interprofessional education program that engages older adults as mentors providing unique insights on aging and healthcare.
Poet in Profile – Robert Frost (1874-1963) June 20, 2016 - Poetry Section Editor Marilyn McEntyre revisits the classic Robert Frost and challenges readers to use Frost's words to reflect on the way we interact with our patients.
Preparing the Ground for Interprofessional Education: Getting to Know Each Other June 20, 2016 - Kimberly Manning and her health science colleagues demonstrate the value of the reflective writing process to promote interprofessional learning amongst faculty.
Rembrandt’s Anatomical Portraits June 20, 2016 - Historical Perspectives in Art Section Editor Siobhan Conaty metaphorically dissects Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn's life and work to better inform our understanding of the impact of art on the study of anatomy.
Scarred for Life: Using Art to Bring Humanity to Trauma Recovery June 20, 2016 - Artist Ted Meyer shares his story of how he turns trauma into art that transforms the way patients and care providers view physical scars.
The Road Not Taken June 20, 2016 - By Sarah R. Blanton, PT, DPT, NCS, Editor-in-Chief – Welcome to the third issue of JHR. We have taken extra time since our last issue to refine our editorial process and hone our purpose, using our individual and collective commitment to the humanities as a landscape on which to build our reflections and evaluations. We [...]
You See Me – A Film Review and Narrative from Director Linda J. Brown June 20, 2016 - In this media review and interview, filmmaker Linda Brown discusses how she used documentary film after her father's stroke to confront his complex past of trauma and loss to create a redemptive journey of rehabilitation for herself and her family.

Summer 2015

A Voyage Homeward: Fiction and Family Stories—Resilience and Rehabilitation July 8, 2015 - By Marshall P. Duke, PhD – Storytelling and Human Health Let me tell you a story. Now that I have your attention—and I hope and believe I do—consider with me why an invitation to listen to a story—most any sort of story—is easily the most powerful way of engaging human beings. Everyone it seems wants to [...]
The Diving Bell and The Butterfly – From the Eye of the Unseen July 8, 2015 - By Sarah Caston, PT, DPT, NCS – The Diving Bell and the Butterfly was written by Jean Dominique Bauby, following a catastrophic stroke resulting in Locked In Syndrome.  Locked In Syndrome (LIS), also known as “pseudocoma,” is caused by a severe brainstem stroke. The resulting physical effects include complete paralysis, except for sparing of eye [...]
The Genius of Marian – A Family’s View of Alzheimer’s Disease July 8, 2015 - A film review and analysis by Emilly Munguía Marshall, SPT – About the film The Genius of Marian is a documentary about Pam White, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in June 2009, at the age of 61. Before her diagnosis, Pam was working on a book in memory of her mother, Marian Williams [...]
Wit — A Film Review, Analysis and Interview with Playwright Margaret Edson July 8, 2015 - By S.A. Larson, Doctoral Student — A Note on the Review Although this review will focus on the 2001 HBO film adaptation, instructors have two mediums to choose from when considering how to incorporate Wit into the classroom: the 2001 adaptation of the play (available for free on Youtube) and Margaret Edson’s 1993 stage play [...]
American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting – February 7, 2015 January 22, 2015 - The Editorial Board of the Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation (JHR) discussed the development of JHR and the potential role of humanities in physical therapy education at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana on February 7, 2015. Download handout   Blanton S, Carey J, Greenfield B, Jensen G, Kirsch N, [...]
Call for Papers and Instructions to Submit January 2, 2015 - The Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation welcomes submissions regarding the human experience of patients, families and healthcare providers involved in therapy and rehabilitation. Special Call: ACAPT Consortium for Humanities, Ethics and Professionalism and JHR Physical Therapy Student Essay Contest submission guidelines (deadline January 5, 2018).
Disability, Humility and the Self: Some Humanistic Perspectives July 8, 2015 - By John Banja, PhD – This essay offers some perspectives on the nature of disability onset over the course of human life—a prospect that most regard with hesitation and fear even though anyone who lives a long life will almost certainly experience some form of disability.  I will use a number of humanistic texts to [...]
Embracing Brokenness July 8, 2015 - By Sarah Blanton, PT, DPT, NCS, Editor-in-Chief – Welcome to the second issue of the Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation (JHR). As the writer and educator Parker Palmer describes, recognizing the inevitability of brokenness is a critical part of our life’s journey.  More specifically, rehabilitation could be viewed as an opportunity to partner with individuals [...]
Frida Kahlo’s Body: Confronting Trauma in Art July 8, 2015 - By Siobhan M. Conaty, PhD – Frida Kahlo remains one of the few artists whose recognition reaches beyond the professional art world and into the realm of popular culture.  Academic books and solo exhibitions have been plentiful over the past few decades, but there are also children’s books, jewelry and clothing, dolls and puppets, movies, and [...]
Poem: Cadaver Anatomy – Learning Humanity July 8, 2015 - By James R. Carey, PhD, PT – Such brilliant architecture Arches for protection Feather-fibered muscles for power Tendons tethered sharply to bone Slippery sheaths to reduce friction Pearly ligaments collaborating collaterally Fulcrums, levers, pulleys and tunnels All compactly contained behind veil now pale Biologic beauty – yes, but where is the humanness Look deeper they [...]
Poet in Profile: Natasha Trethewey July 8, 2015 - Natasha Trethewey served two terms as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States (2012-2014). She is the author of four collections of poetry, Domestic Work (2000), Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002), Native Guard (2006)—for which she was awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize—and, most recently, Thrall (2012). Her book of non-fiction, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the [...]
They Have a Story July 8, 2015 - By Emilly Munguía Marshall, SPT – I was in the second week of my very first clinical rotation in general medicine rehabilitation while in physical therapy school. My clinical rotation was in a facility that cares for patients with acute medical conditions, including, but not limited to stroke, heart attack, and spinal surgery. During my first week, [...]
Visual Design: Exploring Data Visualization in Neuroimaging July 8, 2015 - By Michael Borich, PT, DPT, PhD – We are now in the midst of the age of brain research where innovative ideas and approaches offer exciting opportunities to unravel the complexities of the human brain. New technologies are evolving that provide unprecedented opportunities to study neuroanatomy. However, compelling visual displays are critically necessary to truly [...]
Why a Poem in a Place Like This? July 8, 2015 - By Marilyn McEntyre, PhD — Poetry may seem an odd addendum to medical training, but more and more programs in medicine and related fields are including it. As a way of articulating and communicating the experience of illness or disability, poetry opens a very different avenue of communication than conventional clinical discourse. Lyric poems emphasize [...]

Winter 2014

Murderball — A Metaphor for Recovery January 4, 2015 - By Sarah Caston, PT, DPT, NCS — In the dimly-lit school of the medicine auditorium, I watched the film Murderball1 in awe as gruff, tattooed, strong men slammed their wheelchairs into one another, blocking their opponents and leading the American team to intercept and catch hold of the whizzing game ball from the opposing team. Afterwards, [...]
Murderball — Beyond the Documentary January 4, 2015 -  A film review and analysis by Katherine J. Voorhorst, SPT — History Lesson Released in 2005, the documentary film Murderball ignited the nation’s interest in quad rugby, a high-octane version of wheelchair rugby. More importantly, the film has shed some much-needed light on the daily lives of those who have sustained spinal cord injuries. More than [...]
Call for Papers and Instructions to Submit January 2, 2015 - The Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation welcomes submissions regarding the human experience of patients, families and healthcare providers involved in therapy and rehabilitation. Special Call: ACAPT Consortium for Humanities, Ethics and Professionalism and JHR Physical Therapy Student Essay Contest submission guidelines (deadline January 5, 2018).
Context is Everything January 3, 2015 - By Rebecca Gene Crockett — “If she were in the United States, things would be better for Cathrine, wouldn’t they?” her father whispered. There in Belize, on the opposite side of the small living room, his seven-year-old daughter with quadriplegic cerebral palsy was engaged in the bimonthly physical therapy session provided by an American non-profit. [...]
Embodied Narrative: Living Out Our Lives January 4, 2015 - By Rita Charon, MD, PhD — I am honored to help to inaugurate The Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation. The birth of this journal is a watershed event, for it signals a wide and deep connection among those in all the rehabilitative disciplines. It further proposes that the humanities—literary texts, autobiography, visual arts, performance arts, music, philosophical [...]
Enough Said January 5, 2015 - By Keenan Whitesides — I would imagine most therapists have had a patient like Ms. G. After suffering a stroke, she slipped into the hospital without insurance, without a supportive family, seemingly without hope. She was outwardly defiant and refused to work with most of the staff. With her, something always ranked 9/10 for pain. But [...]
Introduction to the Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation February 1, 2015 - A creative exploration of the human experience of disability and healing Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation (JHR). JHR is a multimedia, open-access journal designed to encourage dialogue among rehabilitation professionals, patients, families and caregivers as we strive to explore the impact of illness and disability and efforts to [...]
Invitation from the Humanities: Learning from Voices Outside of Sciences January 5, 2015 - By Ruth B. Purtilo, PT, PhD, FAPTA — Once upon a time I was a physical therapy (PT) student at a major university.  Successful completion of some “humanities 101” courses was one hoop potential students had to jump through to be admitted; we dutifully went about checking these requirements off along with some others in the [...]
Mobilizing Possibilities: Dance, Disability and Technology January 1, 2015 - By Merry Lynn Morris, MFA — Introduction I am sometimes asked why I have dedicated my time and interests to disability-related issues when I am, according to visual assessment, not disabled. Of course, that assessment is already flawed given the fact that many disabilities are not visible. I always have trouble responding to this question, because in [...]
More than the Sum of his Symptoms January 3, 2015 - By Allison Nogi — I reviewed Mr. Jones’s chart first thing in the morning. His seemed to be a simple case: a fifty-one-year-old man diagnosed with dehydration that had resulted in acute vertigo. His lab values were all within normal ranges, and he did not suffer from co-morbidities such as type II diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, [...]
Perspective: Lessons Learned on Teaching Narrative January 6, 2015 - By Bruce H. Greenfield, PT, MA (Bioethics), PhD — For the past several years, we have been teaching physical therapist students at Emory University to write narratives with the goal of fostering reflection and reflexivity during their clinical experiences. Our initial foray into narrative writing began in 2007 as an ad hoc writing assignment. Students were instructed [...]
Poem: At Rehab January 3, 2015 - By Amy Haddad, Ph.D., R.N. — These are people who know their way around pulleys, braces, and electronic lifts. They can briskly break down a wheelchair, flatten a walker, click open a cane with an economy of motion, not really looking at what they are doing. Like raccoons washing a prized bit of food in a [...]
Poem: Ode to a Stroke, or A Life Altered January 2, 2015 - By Dick Taylor — December 26, 2013 I was moving forward at a pace, In this life called the human race, With strength and purpose and resolved, And little thought to how we evolve. How simple it has been to ambulate, My legs stride out with a steady gait, Effortlessly in motion with no command, To [...]
Reflections on Writing Patient Poets: Illness from Inside Out January 5, 2015 - By Marilyn McEntyre, PhD — It has been said that every book is an answer to a question.  Mine was.  Patient Poets originated in a question that fueled a lasting interest in poetry written by people with chronic or terminal illness or disability:  what enables or even compels people to call upon waning energies, use precious and [...]
The Anatomy Studies of Thomas Eakins January 27, 2015 - By Angela Fritz, MA — Since ancient times, art and science have shared common boundaries; many famous artists have used scientific experimentation to understand their surroundings more fully. Thomas Eakins (1844-1916) was one of these artists, who considered his interest in anatomy, perspective, dissection and motion in direct relationship to his artistic output. In fact, [...]