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Books, Journals, New Media
September 14, 2005


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Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;294(10):1277. doi:10.1001/jama.294.10.1277-a

Living With Polio, by Daniel J. Wilson, is an interesting and comprehensive account of the experiences of individuals affected by the mid 20th-century poliomyelitis epidemic in the United States. The author, who had polio, brings to the subject a survivor’s unique passion and vision.

Wilson presents the history of polio through the eyes of nonmedical people, drawing on more than 150 individual narratives, published and unpublished. He provides refreshing perspective and insights for physicians who work with patients with severely disabling illnesses. The target audience includes polio survivors, their families, and health care practitioners, all of whom can learn a great deal about the needs and strengths of patients fighting acute devastating illness. This is especially true for younger health care professionals, who have no experience to compare to the epidemic.

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