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Research Article  |   January 1992
Some Implications of Occupational Therapy’s History for Its Epistemology, Values, and Relation to Medicine
Author Affiliations
  • Elizabeth J. Yerxa, EdD, LHD(Hon.), OTR, FAOTA, is Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Occupational Therapy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California. (Mailing address: Route 1, 196 Columbine, Bishop, California 93514)
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Research Article   |   January 1992
Some Implications of Occupational Therapy’s History for Its Epistemology, Values, and Relation to Medicine
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1992, Vol. 46, 79-83. doi:10.5014/ajot.46.1.79
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1992, Vol. 46, 79-83. doi:10.5014/ajot.46.1.79
Abstract

Occupational therapy’s history is explored to identify some implications for its directions in the 21st century. The profession was founded upon visionary ideas about the nature of human beings and their vital need for activity. Occupational therapy will make a significant contribution to society if it (a) seeks and applies an epistemology consistent with studying human purposes, (b) fosters its optimistic view of human nature, and (c) clarifies its relationship to medicine and other disciplines.