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.
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people, drawing on more than 150 individual narratives, published and unpublished.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.
Bartels MN. Polio. JAMA. 2005;294(10):1277. doi:10.1001/jama.294.10.1277-a