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Stoke Mandeville Hospital

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Stoke Mandeville Hospital provides the largest spinal injuries ward in Europe. The hospital is located on the edge of the market town of Aylesbury. Among its other specialties, the hospital houses the National Spinal Injuries Centre, which serves a population of 14m.[1]

Stoke Mandeville Games

The Stoke Mandeville Games were originally held in 1948 by Sir Ludwig Guttmann as a form of rehabilitation for injured veterans with mobility impairments after World War II. The Games were originally only attended by British athletes, but in 1952 the Netherlands joined and thus the first international competition for people with disabilities was formed. The Games were the precursor to the Paralympics.


  1. "Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust." Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust. Accessed on May 28, 2008.