(1) Occupational Therapy has been defined as "any
activity mental or physical, definitely prescribed
and guided for the distinct Purpose of contributing
to or hastening recovery from disease or injury".
(2) A review has been given of its application in
various specialised diseases and in general
(3) Physic therapy and Occupational Therapy have been
defined and differentiated. The importance of
these two departments working under direct medical
supervision and in close co-ordination, has been
(4) Occupation as a method of treatment in disease has
been outlined up to the present day.
(5) The various forms of Occupational Therapy employed
in the Astley Ainslie institution, Edinburgh, are
described, and mention is made as to how it is
applied in the school for its educational and
remedial value; in the Occupational Therapy workshop
and in the wards, for its diversional, remedial,
and occasional pre- vocational value.
(6) Several oases have been described which illustrate
the various forms used in each particular disease,
and how by its scientific application it has, in
many cases, contributed to and hastened recovery
from disease or injury.
(7) It is also stressed that financial considerations
should not be allowed to interfere with the therapeutic
aims of the treatment.