Nominations:Sister Elizabeth Kenny

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I nominate her because she took a stand against the effects of polio and also proved that her method worked over doctors'. Her method helped many people walk again.
~Rachael Wittkowske

Sister Kenny was an innovator in polio treatment that worked for many Minnesotans and beyond.
~Frances Getchell

In the same vein as the Doctors Mayo, Sister Kenny, whose name came from service with the Australian forces in World War I, made Minnesota's reputation for medical innovation all the more illustrious with her approach to dealing with polio through hot packs, massage and therapeutic exercises, saving many thousands of polio cases and giving them a sense of dignity.
~Larry Ellis Reed, Winona, MN

Sister Kenny introduced a revolutionary treatment for polio and started rehabilitative medicine.
~Eleanor Kasella, Woodbury, MN

Sister Kenny, worked with polio.
~Bette deFiebre, Minneapolis, MN

Sister Elizabeth Kenney, an Australian nurse, arrived in Minnesota in 1940. She came to the United States to promote her ideas about treating polio using physical therapy and hot packs rather than the traditional method of complete immobilization.

Her techniques were initially scoffed at by the medical profession, but work with a patient in his Minneapolis home brought favorable attention.

In 1942, the Elizabeth Kenny Institute for the treatment of Infantile Paralysis was dedicated in Minneapolis. Kenny would be the first woman other than a first lady to be declared the Most Admired Woman in a Gallup poll and Congress would grant her free access to the United States without a passport, a rare honor..

A prime candidate for the top 150 list increasing attention.
~Steve Trimble, St. Paul, MN

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