- 1928-1956 (Creation)
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Dr Rae W. Dungan, throughout the 1930s and 1940s, was involved clinically in the assessment of children with infantile paralysis and collaborated with Sister Elizabeth Kenny in evolving methods of treatment.
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Elizabeth Kenny was a self-trained nurse who started her career on the Darling Downs in Queensland before serving as a staff nurse in the Australian Army Nursing Service in 1915. She was promoted to Sister in 1917 and continued to use this title after her she left the army. She became well-known for her controversial clinical management of poliomyelitis and cerebal palsy in children that she cared for in her clinic in Townsville from 1932. Although strongly opposed by many in the medical profession, her treatments became popular as the results proved more positive than traditional methods of immobilization. She became a cult figure around the world, particularly in North America where she started many clinics during the poliomyelitis epidemics of the 1940s. She died in Toowoomba in 1952. A film about her life, Sister Kenny premiered in 1946.
Collection previously titled as: Papers, [1928-1956]
Collection alternatively titled as: Rae William Dungan Collection.
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Correspondence, medical reports and articles, case notes, and newspaper cuttings pertaining to Dr. Rae W. Dungan's clinical work with polio sufferers in the 1930s and the 1940s and his collaboration with Sister Elizabeth Kenny.
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The Australian women's register, AWH001795
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Revised, AM, 01-Jun-2020.
Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.