CE's friend at a hard time
Largely forgotten now in Conductive Education, I suspect, is the paediatrician (and aviation doctor) Alexander Russell.
He cut an independent and path in his varied career, and attracted discussion even after he had died, in 2003:
In the early nineteen-nineties he was one of the few professionals who pitched publicly into the furore in the United Kingdom over the 'Birmingham Research' – on the side of Conductive Education. (This is not mentioned in the three items linked to above.)
He and I did not agree over how conductive practice might be best transferred and handed on, but he did take a principled public stance on the research that had just been published. If followed by others this could have helped generate more widespread critical debate and fend off some of the damage to Conductive Education's public reputation from what were being uncritically interpreted as unfavourable research findings.
The small, critical book that he published at the time is not proving easy to find.
It its a great pity that this book seems to have been lost to the list of references that academic reviewers considered when reviewing 'CE-research' over the ensuing years. None did.
It would be a shame too were his contribution to be also lost from the turbulent annals of Conductive Education.
Russell, A. (1994) Evaluation of Conductive Education: A statistical overkill. Acorn Foundation