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Books, Journals, New Media
September 14, 2005

Polio

Author Affiliations
 

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):1277-1278. doi:10.1001/jama.294.10.1277-b

Without The March of Dimes, it would have been a tragic and heartbreaking experience to fight polio alone. Instead, we have a victorious ending to our story .

Mother of 6-year-old Donald Anderson, the first poster child for The March of Dimes, as quoted in Polio—An American Story

I grew up in the 1930s and 1940s, during the height of the polio epidemics. I remember my anxious parents’ stern warnings to avoid crowds, the closing of public beaches, and the shutting of movie theaters. Later, during my medical training, I recall the wards of iron lungs, the deaths, the urgent search for a vaccine, and the multitude of crippled children requiring reconstructive orthopedic care.

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