Polio Voices: An Oral History from the American Polio Epidemics and Worldwide Eradication Efforts
  • Polio Voices: An Oral History from the American Polio Epidemics and Worldwide Eradication Efforts
  • Polio Voices: An Oral History from the American Polio Epidemics and Worldwide Eradication Efforts

Polio Voices: An Oral History from the American Polio Epidemics and Worldwide Eradication Efforts

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by Julie K. Silver
     
 

Incorporating many rare photographs from the family albums of survivors who tell their stories, Harvard professor Julie Silver, M.D., and historian Daniel Wilson help readers understand the sheer terror that gripped parents of young children every spring and summer during the first half of the 20th century as polio epidemics ran rampant. Interviewed as part of the

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Incorporating many rare photographs from the family albums of survivors who tell their stories, Harvard professor Julie Silver, M.D., and historian Daniel Wilson help readers understand the sheer terror that gripped parents of young children every spring and summer during the first half of the 20th century as polio epidemics ran rampant. Interviewed as part of the Polio Oral History Project directed by Silver and funded by Harvard, foundations, and private donors, the people featured in this book describe what is arguably the most feared scourge of modern times. Testimonies are included from people who worked in polio wards, as well as from those involved in worldwide eradication efforts. The book also addresses the emergence of the polio and disability rights movement, the challenges of post-polio syndrome, and the state of polio research and developments today. And it explores the concern that polio could return in an even more vicious form as a result of bioterrorism.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275994921
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/30/2007
Series:
Praeger Series on Contemporary Health and Living Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Series Foreword   Julie Silver     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     1
The Epidemic Years     15
Acute and Convalescent Polio     35
Polio's Impact on the Family     59
Living with Polio     75
The Legacy of Volunteerism     95
The Impact on Disability Rights in America     111
Post-Polio Syndrome     123
Polio Today and Its Effect on Advances in Medicine     139
Notes     157
Index     167

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