Nottinghams Eminent Surgeons and Physicians



President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society

1953 - 1945.

Herbert Arnold Summers: Oak Hill, East Leake, Nr. Loughborough, Leicestershire. M.B., Ch.B., Glasgow 1929, (University of Glasgow). Medical Officer to the Ministry of Supply, Ministry of Labour and Ministry of Pensions. Author: "Aids to First Aid."

Medical Directory 1953



Delivered 7th October 1953

Dr. Summers, in his Presidential Address, dealt first with the syllabus for 1953-54 and pointed out the departure from precedent in that three laymen had been invited to address the Society.

He then proceeded to his main theme which was an outline of the work of an Industrial Rehabilitation Unit, and enumerated the aims of rehabilitation. He gave an account of the day-to-day work of various members of the staff, and described the facilities available for the use of each rehabilitee and the methods employed for assessment of capability. The essential differences between toning up and assessment in a Rehabilitation Unit and training in a Training Centre were emphasised. He said that rehabilitation should begin from the moment of injury or of the diagnosis of disease and that it was a logical continuation of the work of the healing. It should therefore be better understood and more often utilised by both the profession and the employer. The members were invited to visit the Long Eaton Unit to judge for themselves.