As recently as 1980 America had hardly any services for brain-injured people. Then one night that year Marilyn Price Spivack, the mother of a young head-injured girl for whom there was no appropriate treatment centre, had a meeting in her home with some leading clinicians and set up the National Head Injury Foundation. The NHIF started talking to Congress and setting up a network of self-help groups all over America. The joining together of academics, clinicians and families became a powerful force. They all wanted the same things — a better understanding of brain and behaviour, more effective therapy to restore function and continuing support services.
KeywordsBrain Injury Head Injury Local Group Memory Problem Retrograde Amnesia
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