Polio and Its Aftermath is an ambitious book.
It promises to narrate a story of polio that moves from the personal and biographical
to the more abstract movements of social history, culture, and politics. The
story line works at times, though in the end it proves impossible to sustain.
That said, the book is worth reading.
The author, Marc Shell, is a professor of English and comparative literature
at Harvard. He is also a polio survivor, a term that should not be confused
with cured or completely recovered. It is Professor Shell’s personal
and corporeal life as “a polio” that is both the inspiration for
this book and a thread meant to tie together its melange of themes.
Kroll-Smith S. Polio. JAMA. 2005;294(14):1829-1830. doi:10.1001/jama.294.14.1829-b