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Old 12-04-2006, 02:43 PM   #1
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The attached PDF has everything and nothing to do with PT these days. I've got an easy question that might not have simple answers. Is the nature of what we do for a living more like that of a nurse, a nurse practioner, a physician, a physician assistant, a psychiatrist, a psychologist, a dentist, veterinarian, etc?
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Old 12-04-2006, 10:53 PM   #2
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After reading the article....I think some PTs navigate well;the rest do not see the icebergs and when sighted, are not recognised.

We are a mix of the lot - which is part of our problem. Identity..

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Thanks Nari,

After I wrote my initial post and was driving to work I ended up thinking of better ways I could have written what it was I was thinking--sort of typical for me. I think you're right that we are a combination of many things and what we emphasize may be what makes us the clinician we are and what we emphasize might also be influenced by our typical client. Although, as touched on in another thread, all our patients should have a similar physiology so I'm not so sure why that should matter that much.

For anyone, does PT have a gyroscopic compass? What is it and where is it taking us?
Has it been checked for any gyro error?

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I think we do have a gyroscopic compass...the problem is, the error factor seems to vary depending upon which ocean one is moving at the time. Need to travel on many oceans to average out the errors.

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PT is likely more vulnerable to cultural influences, and less to physiology, than medicine. For a good expose of how medical practices differ from country to country, check out Lynn Payer's book, Medicine and Culture. Really good read.
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