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A lively mind in a frozen body: the history of Rickety Kate—an australian poet who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Psychiatry.
2011 (English)In: Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine, ISSN 2156-5872, Vol. 16, no 3, 233-238 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

"Rickety Kate” was the descriptive name of Minnie Agnes Filson, a popular Australian poet featured widely in the Australian media from the 1930s through to the 1960s. The assumed name was a reflection of her severe rheumatoid arthritis, which left her completely immobilized. During her lifetime, Kate received a variety of conventional medical treatments, which proved largely ineffective. She finally turned to an Indian healer, who managed to improve her quality of life although her physical disabilities persisted. This article explores the history of rheumatoid arthritis from a patient’s perspective in the light of the scientific knowledge at the time and critically reflects on the relationship between conventional and complementary/alternative medicine then and today.

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2011. Vol. 16, no 3, 233-238 p.
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rheumatoid arthritis, complementary/alternative medicine, conventional medicine, poet
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-55199DOI: 10.1177/2156587211414425OAI: diva2:526273
Available from: 2012-05-11 Created: 2012-05-11 Last updated: 2012-05-23Bibliographically approved

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