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February 3, 1940

The International Bulletin for Economics, Medical Research and Public Hygiene

JAMA. 1940;114(5):433-434. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810050053024

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This volume includes numerous papers by various authors and is an excellent summary of recent knowledge on infantile paralysis. The information in the opening statement by Basil O'Connor about the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis was recently reviewed in an editorial in The Journal. In one of the papers Dr. Josephine B. Neal, of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, concludes that the seriousness of poliomyelitis is really overestimated when one considers that there are a large number of cases of the truly abortive type which cannot be accurately diagnosed but which confer immunity. Secondly, there is a large percentage of the nonparalytic type of case which can be diagnosed with a high degree of accuracy. If proper orthopedic treatment is carried out a large number of patients who develop paralysis recover with little or no disability. There is no fear of later unfortunate developments in poliomyelitis as there

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