Children's LiteraturePolio is an infectious disease that reached epidemic proportions in the early twentieth century. Thousands of people, mostly children, were crippled or even killed by what was then an elusive and mysterious disease. As it spread, so did panic and fear. Many doctors worked fervently on treating the symptoms while only a handful concentrated on developing a cure. This book provides a history of polio from its first appearance, which may have been as early as 1500 B.C., to its widespread growth and eventual cure. There is a chapter on the methods that were used for treating and controlling polio. These included quarantine, hospitalization, and the iron lung. Several chapters are devoted to the years of polio research and the many successes and setbacks that were experienced until a cure was finally found. The photographs and accounts from actual polio victims give the reader a human connection. Part of the "Epidemic!" series, this is more than a science book; it is also an honest look at the disease's effect on the social conditions of the era. 2005, Benchmark Books, Ages 10 up.