Sunday, 30 July 2017


Seeking his kind of medicine



As the clock ticks towards the final day of the PAF (András Pető College) in distant Budapest my own thoughts have turned towards what I personally might like to see spin out of the coming change.

I am not talking here about what might be the best possible outcome for the world of Conductive Education and its future development, nor even the future of the present institution in Budapest (not necessarily the same thing at all). What might be painted on such wide canvasses is beyond my power to foresee. I wonder here only about what might please me...

Different groups and different individuals – both in Hungary itself and around the world of Conductive Education – will doubtless be hoping for a very wider range of possible outcomes. And there are likely many who will not be giving the slightest heed to this whole business.

Granting Sod's Law as applied to those who play the game of company doctors' (i.e., the Law of Unintended Consequences), what might bring some pleasure to me personally from the incorporation that comes into force with effect from tomorrow midnight?

What might emerge as an unintended treat for me from the PAF's incorporation into the Semmelweis Medical University would be proper incorporation into the history of medicine of the story of András Pető and his motor therapy – how it emerged and what has subsequently happened to it worldwide. Something better than the established story of 'Professor Pető the Hungarian neurologist', and the attendant world-famous narrative.

I have tried to to peep into András Pető's thinking but I am far too far removed from Central Europe, geographically and conceptually, to have make much of a fist of this. Semmelweis University seems as good a position as anywhere to make a start.

I do not expect something better from day one, but the Medical University is going to have to start saying something acceptable about is newest specialism...

A reference

Sutton, A. (2014) A philosophy of science and CE Conductive World, 29 July

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