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'Paging Dr. Charles Dickens! Author used literature to showcase discrimination against the disabled'
By: Gina Dalfonzo|Published: January 24, 2013 11:24 AM
"'Social attitudes towards the disabled can often be traced through art, from ancient times through today,' explains Prof. Avi Ohry of Tel Aviv University's Sackler Faculty of Medicine, a specialist in rehabilitation medicine and a scholar of the medical humanities. In Dickens' works, he says, readers are confronted with the stark realities of the 19th century, including poor medical care and social discrimination against the physically disabled and the mentally ill."