Beth Linker, University of Pennsylvania
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 6:00pm
New York Academy of Medicine (New York, NY)
1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029
Popularly known as “The War to End All Wars,” the First World War was also the war to end all disability. Determined to curtail the human and economic costs of military conflict, the United States and many other belligerent nations instituted programs of physical and vocational rehabilitation in order to make injured men whole again, so that they could fit back seamlessly into civilian society. This talk will trace the practice and ethic of the rehabilitative model of veteran care, with an eye toward showing how it later became commodified as part of America’s ongoing commitment to pursuing a militaristic foreign policy.