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by Stephanie Peters

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Children's Literature
Polio 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.
—Denise Daley
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-Offering riveting information on frightening epidemics, these attractive volumes are exemplary information sources. Each one begins with a discussion of the cause of the disease and the infection process. Subsequent chapters then treat its history and search for a cure, the course it took during a particular time and in a particular place (the United States between 1900 and the early 1960s in Polio, worldwide in 1918-1919 in Influenza, and 1492-1800 in the New World in Smallpox), and eventual success in creating vaccines or, in Influenza, continued efforts to re-create the genetic code for the virus in order to prevent recurrence. Peters makes superb and frequent use of primary sources. The selection of period reproductions and photographs is also outstanding, and the illustrations extend the texts perfectly. Each book also includes an annotated list for further reading and a detailed, accurate index. The author's prose is exceptionally lucid, interesting, and graceful. While Alvin Silverstein's Polio (Enslow, 2001), Virginia Aronson's Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919 (Chelsea House, 2000), and Tom Ridgway's Smallpox (Rosen, 2001) cover the same turf, none of those titles does it with the style of these offerings.-Ann Welton, Grant Elementary School, Tacoma, WA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
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Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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