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June 16, 1951


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President, The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, Inc., 120 Broadway, New York 5.

JAMA. 1951;146(7):672. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670070064026

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To the Editor:  —On behalf of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis and the thousands of American families who support its fight against infantile paralysis, I want to thank the fine men and women in the various branches of the medical profession who served poliomyelitis patients so willingly and competently during 1950, the second highest year of polio incidence in the history of the United States.The doctors, nurses, physical therapists, nonprofessional and volunteer hospital personnel—all who make up the polio medical team—deserve our warm tribute. They are the ones, in the final analysis, who can give the poliomyelitis patient the thing he seeks: an opportunity to return to his family and to his community a whole person. Through his acute illness and through the long re-education and rehabilitation period needed by the severely handicapped, the polio patient needs not only the skill of each member of the medical team,

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