F. M. Alexander
F. M. Alexander taught several doctors, especially in the 1920s and 1930s. In UoS Alexander dedicates a chapter to ‘Diagnosis And Medical Training’. Here he writes that
No diagnosis of a case can be said to be complete, unless the medical adviser gives consideration to the influence exerted upon the patient, not only by the immediate cause of the trouble (say, a germ invader), but also by the interference with functioning which is always associated with habitual wrong use of the mechanisms and helps to lower the patient’s resistance to the point where the germ invader gets its opportunity.
Alexander goes to argue that since doctors are not trained to diagnose misuse, their diagnosis is incomplete. Hence it is necessary that
. . . the medical student taught how to consciously direct the use of his own mechanisms, he would be developing within himself a satisfactory standard in his sensory appreciation which would stand him in good stead in diagnosing defects in others.
A letter published in British Medical Journal, signed by 19 doctors, argues for the study of Alexander’s work by medical students, and urges an investigation into Alexander’s work and technique. It was reproduced in UCL, and in A Means To An End.
Teaching in hospitals and health services
‘Working within the NHS’ by Simon Scott; on a pilot study, providing Alexander Technique lessons at the pain clinic at Kingston Hospital.
‘Alexander lessons on the N.H.S.’ by Jill Freeman reports on giving lessons at her home with referrals from a G.P. practice, arranging a minimum of 10 lessons per patient, twice weekly.
‘Working with a cancer support group’ by Penny Ingham; on working with a local cancer support group since 1988, seeing pupils referred by medical staff, around 16 people a week, about two thirds of whom are cancer patients, the rest supporting partners and bereaved.
‘Working in the NHS’ by Miriam Wohl.
‘Alexander Technique and the medical profession’ by Miriam Wohl; on teaching in Health Promotion Clinics.
‘Description of Alexander Technique work within the complementary medicine unit of Hadassah Hospital’ by Mervyn Waldman; a brief description of teaching in an out-patient department, and of teaching more seriously disabled pupils, often suffering from neurological diseases.
‘Working with the NHS?’ by Sue Fleming and Liz Jeannet reports from the NHS Commissioning Course, following the premise that the NHS will increasingly be a commissioner of services rather than a provider of services.
‘Reflections on working in the NHS’ by Karen French, Claudia Benson, Louise Hemphrey, Dee Fitzgerald; on experiences on teaching within the British NHS (National Health Service), in pain clinics.
Teaching the medical profession
‘The Alexander Technique in medical education’ by Medea Frangoulis and Peter Ribeaux reports on introducing the Alexander Technique to third year students at St. George’s Hospital Medical School as part of their curriculum.
‘Getting clinical with your practice’ by Paul Marsh reports on a discussion at the 11th Congress, 2018, in Chicago, on working with the medical profession.
See also Diagnosis, Pain, Cancer.