Polio

Overview

This new title in the Biographies of Disease series offers a thorough examination of medical and scientific efforts to battle polio, from the 19th-century identification of the virus to the great 20th-century epidemics, from the unprecedented campaign to find a vaccine to recent efforts to confront polio in West Africa and South Asia and eliminate it entirely.

Beyond the science, Polio looks at the effects of the disease on individuals and the United States as a whole. The book ...

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Overview

This new title in the Biographies of Disease series offers a thorough examination of medical and scientific efforts to battle polio, from the 19th-century identification of the virus to the great 20th-century epidemics, from the unprecedented campaign to find a vaccine to recent efforts to confront polio in West Africa and South Asia and eliminate it entirely.

Beyond the science, Polio looks at the effects of the disease on individuals and the United States as a whole. The book gives readers a sense of what it was like to have polio and to recover from it. It also describes how the search for answers to polio led to the rise of one of America's premier medical charities—the March of Dimes—and how modern physical therapy practices emerged alongside the polio epidemics of the 20th century.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Polio provides general and basic information that is useful to students and anyone interested in learning more about this disease."

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ARBAonline

"Readers will get a sense of how frightening polio was to the public before vaccines were developed, and learn what it was like to have polio and to recover from it. Wilson's straightforward writing style should give this book wide appeal."

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SciTech Book News

". . . compelling reference . . . A vital complement to Wilson's Living with Polio (2007)."

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Library Journal

"This book is an engaging read, well written and precise in its argumentation. It has drive and is easily read from cover to cover. The style is pragmatic and agreeable. The book comes with some nice extras, such as a glossary of medical terms, timeline, and bibliography. . . . Apart from being an interesting and very agreeable read, this book is certainly more than a traditional medical history. . . . it has something to offer to disability history. In teaching disability history, for example, it could be used as a textbook to get an overall view on polio, and it is commendable how the author moves between the perspectives of experts, institutions, patients, and their families."

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H-Disability

School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Serviceable but pedestrian offerings. Baima covers the history of sports injuries, athletics over the life cycle, common sports injuries, diagnostic tests, and treatment options. Although the history portion is unique among sports-medicine books, the rest is well covered in other titles. The text is dense and the black-and-white photos are small and generic. Wilson traces the history of polio from ancient times up to the present day, detailing the developments particularly in the 20th century and its virtual eradication in the developed world through vaccines. Although the history is interesting, this is a text-heavy offering with no sidebars, very few illustrations, and nothing to break up the writing. Both volumes could be used for reports.—Robin Henry, Wakeland High School, Frisco, TX
Library Journal
Unlike the other titles in this series, this volume is more historical than scientific. Wilson (Science, Community, and the Transformation of American Philosophy) opens this compelling reference with his own experience fighting polio and continues with a chapter-long definition of the disease and its impact. The remaining 11 chapters are devoted to charting Franklin D. Roosevelt's illness and convalescence, The March of Dimes' encouraging work, the contentious race to find a vaccine, and the impact of living with the disease. A polio time line, glossary, and three-page bibliography round out the book. A vital complement to Wilson's Living with Polio (2007).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313358975
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/2009
  • Series: Biographies of Disease Series
  • Pages: 171
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword vii

Acknowledgements ix

Chapter 1 Poliomyelitis and the Poliovirus 1

Chapter 2 Early Evidence of Polio and the First Epidemics 7

Chapter 3 Science, Medicine, and the Search for a Cure 17

Chapter 4 Franklin D. Roosevelt, Polio, and Warm Springs 23

Chapter 5 Scientific Research and First Human Vaccine Trials 33

Chapter 6 The March of Dimes and the Campaign against Polio 39

Chapter 7 Summers of Fear: Acute Polio 53

Chapter 8 Convalescent Polio and Rehabilitation 71

Chapter 9 The Search for a Polio Vaccine 91

Chapter 10 The Polio Vaccines of Salk and Sabin 107

Chapter 11 Living with Polio 125

Chapter 12 The Campaign to Eradicate Polio 141

Polio Timeline 149

Glossary 157

Bibliography 163

Index 167

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