I'd like to think that they'd clicked on http://budleighbrewsterunited.blogspot.com/2011/02/if-you-thought-chilean-miners-had-hard.html
And my post at http://budleighbrewsterunited.blogspot.com/2011/02/hero-of-budleighs-heritage.html about the Commander's contribution to the early days of Chailey Heritage School and his sympathy for the plight of crippled children also attracted attention. "I found your revelations about Levick and his work remarkably poignant and heart-warming," wrote one of my correspondents.
So you might also like to know about the Commander's pioneering work to help disabled veterans in the aftermath of World War One.
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Evidently this was an ailment in which Levick took a particular interest judging by the article which he wrote on the electrical treatment of muscles in 'Trench Feet', published in the British Medical Journal in March 1918.
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As early as 1914 many had returned to Britain having permanently lost their sight because of gas attacks. A notable campaigner on their behalf was the newspaper magnate Sir Arthur Pearson, founder of the Daily Express among other publications, and a victim of blindness himself due to glaucoma. As president of the National Association for the Blind, in 1915 he founded St Dunstan's for soldiers blinded by gas attack or trauma with the aim of providing vocational training for these ex-servicemen.
Boot and shoe repairing, basket and mat making, shorthand typing, carpentry, poultry farming and telephone operating were among the many courses that St Dunstaners chose to be trained in. But it was through careers in massage and physiotherapy that Murray Levick believed that many blinded ex-servicemen could be rehabilitated.
In 1919 he was approached by the Royal National Institute for the Blind with a view to the possibility of teaching blind students techniques of massage with electrical treatment. He became a leading voice in the campaign to convince sceptics in the medical profession that blinded people could lead useful and fulfilling lives.
Eventually blind students were admitted to the examinations of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. By November 1921, reported the British Medical Journal, the Association of Blind Masseurs had held its third annual dinner amidst the prestigious surroundings of Pagani's Restaurant in London. Dr Murray Levick was one of four Vice-Presidents who attended the proceedings, which were chaired by the President, Sir Arthur Pearson. Members present included soldiers blinded in the war and trained in massage at St. Dunstan's, as well as civilian masseurs and masseuses trained under the auspices of the National Institute for the Blind.
The exhibition will open on Sunday 10 April 2011 and will run until October. Opening hours are 2.00 - 4.30 pm each day except Saturdays. The admission charge will be £2 (concessions £1.50). Serving military personnel are admitted free of charge.