Howard Rusk
Howard Rusk

Howard Rusk

    Hello! I am Howard Rusk. If you need help, you are more than welcome at my rehabilitation hospital. I was born in Brookfield, Missouri on April 9, 1901. As I wrote in my autobiography the town was halfway between Hannibal and St.Joseph. I was the son of Michael and Augusta Rusk. I attended the University of Missouri this is where my interest in helping the disabled began. I married my college sweetheart and had three children. I practiced medicine and taught in St. Louis.  During World War II I joined the Army Air Corp and I was appointed Chief of Medical Services at Jefferson Barracks in St.Louis. I later noticed that hurt and disabled servicemen were left to lie around receiving custodial care with nothing to do. I wanted to help people with disabilities return to physical and mental health so I found ways for them to function despite the disability. I also established the first medical training program for rehabilitative medicine at the New York University School of Medicine for medical professionals who wanted to go into rehabilitation work. I helped thousands of individuals achieve a better quality of life. I died in November 4, 1989 at age 88. I am now known as the father of rehabilitation. “To believe in rehabilitation is to believe in humanity.”

by Clayton

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