"All this was to prove the prelude to his life’s work, which began in 1944 when the Government asked him to start the first special centre for spinal injuries at
, on the recommendation of George Riddoch, then neurologist to the British Army. Shortly afterwards, paraplegic patients from the D-day landings were admitted, and the National Spinal Injuries Centre was launched. It is as well to remember that all the great advances in this field have been made since the second world war, before which an injury of the spinal cord was virtually a death sentence." Stoke Mandeville Hospital
"Ludwig Guttmann had the vision to realize that these patients could not only be kept alive but also rehabilitated to earn their own living, fulfil themselves, and not be confined to the scrap heap."
"Guttman saved and made worthwhile the lives of many thousands of very severely disable people all over the world, for he and his staff trained a very large number of colleagues from many countries in the specialized treatment of the paraplegic and tetraplegic patient."
"During the Olympic Games inIt might also be worth noting of Gutmann that he took a great interest in the engineering of mattresses for hospital beds. Such considerations have had an impact on the quality of patient hospital experiences which while rarely remarked upon are nevertheless deserving of comment.
in 1956, the Olympic Committee awarded the Fearnley Cup to the organization of the Stoke Mandeville Games. It was the first time this particular Olympic award had come to Melbourne , and the first time it had been given to a sports organization for the severely disabled." Britain