A Novel Approach to Physical Therapy
I recently read a novel where physical therapy figured prominently. In The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson, the main character undergoes extensive rehab following a car accident where he suffers severe burns. While not the main focus of the story, his recovery is an important plot thread that weaves through the book.
I racked my brain to think of other stories where a main character underwent physical therapy. And I couldn't think of any. For someone who reads as much as I do-a lot-that was surprising. Overcoming challenges, physical and mental roadblocks, dealing with difficult patients, feeling pride in the end results-you would think rehab would provide writers with plenty of fodder to tell compelling stories. Davidson managed to track his character's progress without resorting to technical medical terms, keeping the rehab portions of the novel accessible to readers without a science background. Knowing what I do about physical therapy from writing for ADVANCE, the portrayal seemed on track.
Have you ever read about a fictional PT? Was he or she accurately portrayed? Why do you think therapy is not the topic of many novels?