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Other  |   September 1995
The Profession’s Image, 1917–1925, Part II: Occupational Therapy as Represented by the Profession
Author Affiliations
  • Elizabeth Ambrosi, MS, OTR, is Staff Occupational Therapist, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Home Care Services, 235 West Sixth Street, Reno, Nevada 89520
  • Kathleen Barker Schwartz, EdD, OTR, FAOTA, is Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, San Jose State University, San Jose, California
Article Information
Rehabilitation, Participation, and Disability / Departments / Looking Back
Other   |   September 1995
The Profession’s Image, 1917–1925, Part II: Occupational Therapy as Represented by the Profession
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September 1995, Vol. 49, 828-832. doi:10.5014/ajot.49.8.828
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September 1995, Vol. 49, 828-832. doi:10.5014/ajot.49.8.828
Abstract

This second part of a two-part article examines the representation of occupational therapy during its formative years, 1917–1925. It focuses on the image of the profession as it was described in the early professional journals and compares this image with that projected by the media (as described in Part I). Both the media and professional literature presented a similar image of occupational therapy: that of a profession that offered the promise of returning persons with disabilities to useful occupation within society. In today’s health care system, where every profession espouses the goal of returning patients to full functioning, it is important to remember that in 1917 only one profession held that goal. The portrayal in the media and in the professional literature of occupational therapy at that time confirms this image.