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Post-Polio Health (ISSN 1066-5331)

Vol. 31, No. 1, Winter 2015


Dr Ernest W JohnsonThe Long View:
Remembering Dr. Ernie Johnson

Dr. Ernest W. Johnson passed away, Tuesday, November 18, 2014, spending his final hours in the rehabilitation center he helped establish, Ohio State University’s Dodd Hall. His association with the university lasted 57 years and is considered the longest in the history of The Ohio State University (OSU). He was 90 years old.

In Acute polio and its evolution: reminiscences of a ‘polio fellow,’ Ernie, as he often requested to be called, wrote in the 1970s,

“My pivotal encounter with rehabilitation medicine began as I assumed my required service in the emergency room. One of the first patients I saw was a 19-year-old painter who had fallen from a scaffold and fractured his neck at C-6 (spared complete
spinal cord injury.) I quickly referred the patient to OSU, which had just initiated a rehabilitation program. ..."


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