Walk or Wheel
Papers given at a 1954 World Congress on “cripples” and rehabilitation said wounded veterans wanted to walk to prove their manhood. The specialists at Toronto’s Lyndhurst Lodge taught walking to paralysis patients using crutches and body braces but the patients preferred the less exhausting mobility of a lightweight wheelchair. Eventually the doctors concluded simulating walking with braces was not effective for achieving workplace integration. Does society still equate wheelchairs with failure and walking with masculinity?