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January 21, 1950


Author Affiliations

President, The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, New York 5.

JAMA. 1950;142(3):198. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910210054020

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To the Editor:—  Summer in the United States has always been marked by outbreaks of infantile paralysis, and every winter we have come to expect a successful fund-raising campaign to meet the needs of those affected. The March of Dimes campaign, enthusiastically supported by magazines as well as by the press and radio in the past, has always raised enough to take care of the poliomyelitis situation. In 1949, for example, although fewer than a hundred persons contributed more than $1,000, the money rolled in—dimes from the millions.However, this summer saw more than outbreaks of poliomyelitis. There was a nationwide epidemic. All resources of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis were pressed into service. The organization's epidemic treasury was emptied.Now the bills for the epidemic's aftermath pile up; bills for the treatment of crippled persons, those still in hospitals and those who must be rehabilitated, bills to be

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