Sir Ludwig Guttmann and his legacy

In this section you can read about Sir Ludwig Guttmann - the 'father of the Paralympics'.  He was a neurosurgeon at Stoke Mandeville Hospital who revolutionised the treatment and life chances for those with spinal injuries and he organised the first ‘Stoke Mandeville Games’ to coincide with the start of the London Olympics in 1948. The International Stoke Mandeville Games were the forerunners of today's Paralympic Games.  Read about the early work of Guttmann in Germany, his move to England in the late 1930s, the development of his career in England and how he founded the Spinal Unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

 

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