Penn Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

The History of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Penn Medicine

Penn's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, founded in 1897, is the oldest in the nation and has pioneered essential rehabilitation treatments, including prosthetics and orthotics, and computer-based vocational training. Its development was central to the growth of rehabilitation medicine as a specialty nationwide. Graduates of the program have shaped programs in rehabilitation medicine, playing a central role in the evolution of physical medicine and rehabilitation during the past 100 years.

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