No site da Association of Academic Physiatrists (www.physiatry.org), existe uma súmula histórica muito interessante sobre a Especialidade. Embora 1947 seja o ano oficial do arranque, o Hipócrates já prescrevia agentes físicos pelo que a Fisiatria já é bastante antiga...
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Physical means of healing have been practiced since prehistoric times, but Physiatry did not become recognized as a separate medical specialty until 1947. Most widely known as the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the medical specialty of modern-day Physiatry comprises the related disciplines of Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation Medicine and Electromyography.
The term Physiatry derives from the Greek words physikos (physical) and iatreia (art of healing). A Physiatrist is a physician who creatively employs physical agents as well as other medical therapeutics to help in the healing and rehabilitation of a patient. Treatment involves the whole person and addresses the physical, emotional and social needs that must be satisfied to successfully restore the patient's quality of life to its maximum potential.
Since the beginning of time, people have used physical means for treatment of illness and injury. Such physical agents for healing have included water, heat, cold, massage, light, exercise and electricity. Throughout history, water has functioned as a primary means of physical healing. Written accounts of physical techniques for healing can be traced as far back as the writings of Hippocrates in 400 B.C.
O Joe Soares, canadense luso-descendente é uma fonte de inspiração para alguns dos posts deste blog - ver posts antigos.
Passando pela Grécia e Canadá, voltemos a Portugal.
Se o Internato de MFR na Grécia são 5 anos e o Internato de MFR no Canadá e em Portugal?