APRIL 19, 1944
NEW YORK, Tuesday—Mr. Charles Keen Taylor of the Vocational Research Bureau was most interesting yesterday morning at Hyde Park. He showed the young high school students that during their school years they are building up a record which can be used to decide what they will do well in future life. He pointed out, too, that the things we enjoy doing in our leisure time are part of this record and that personality and character will have a great deal to do with the final decision of what vocation will be best.
He cited to them two boys, both of whom wanted to be doctors. One was chosen to train as a surgeon because in emergencies he was self-controlled and calm. The other one showed a lack of ability to control his emotions and he was steered into a different branch of medicine.
It is the all around boy who is being built year by year who must be considered when a vocation for life is being chosen.
From Hyde Park I went through to Philadelphia, and had a pleasant dinner with Mr. and Mrs. John Frederick Lewis, Jr. Then I attended the opening of the Occupational Therapy exhibit at the Art Alliance. It will be open for a month, and beginning today, there will be people there from the various hospitals, military and civilian, demonstrating how the work is done. The pictures and the finished materials on exhibition were exciting enough in themselves, but actually seeing people at work as I have in our various hospitals will thrill everyone who attended this exhibit.
I hope this exhibition will be shown in the District of Columbia, in New York, and in various other cities throughout the country when its month in Philadelphia comes to an end. No one should be without the information which these demonstrations can impart. It means hope for the handicapped, whether the disability is mental or physical.
In connection with this exhibit, I was reminded of the work which has been done lately by the Laymen's League Against Epilepsy with headquarters in Boston. A very beautiful piece of work was pointed out to me as the creation of a soldier who had epilepsy. The doctor said, of course, epilepsy is sometimes allied to genius. The strides which have been made of late in the control of this disease are remarkable and encouraging and the League has been of great help.
I was glad to hear the other day that the Physical Therapy Aide bill was passed and the young women working with the Armed Forces as physio-therapists may now be made officers.