Keynote Lecture by Alain Yelnik, France
PRM in France and in most of Europe is well organized and growing, with some distinctive regional features.
An overview of recent developments in PRM will be outlined. The roots of this development are of course to be found in history; from patterns of economic development, to the consequences of armed conflicts (mainly the First World War), to the spread of infectious diseases as poliomyelitis, to the more current issues in the field such as spinal or neuro-muscular disorders. You will be taken on a short journey through the roots of electrotherapy in the 19th century, the roots of ortho-prothesis in the "renaissance" period of the 15-16th century, and the roots of physiotherapy which go back least two thousand years…
We will broach the emergence of the modern trades in PRM (physiatrists, occupational therapists, physical therapist, speech therapists, ortho-prothesists…) to the emergence of a specific, original and multidisciplinary specialty, closely linked to other fields of medicine, such as neurology, rheumatology, internal medicine, and surgery.