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June 1953


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By W. Richie Russell, C.B.E., M.D. (Edinburgh), M.A. (Oxon.), F.R.C.P. (Edinburgh), F.R.C.P. (London). Price, $3.00. Pp. 81. Williams & Wilkins Company, Mount Royal and Guilford Aves., Baltimore 2,

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1953;91(6):823. doi:10.1001/archinte.1953.00240180132031

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In poliomyelitis one is accustomed to read about pathology, physiology, and clinical problems in scattered sources. Hence, it is a delight to find this compact little volume correlating the pathophysiological processes with the clinical findings and treament dramatically illustrated by case material.

Diagnostic features, technic of physical examination, and factors influencing the course of the disease are clearly discussed. Of interest is the analysis of spinal pains and the tables reflecting the relation of physical activity to paralysis. Little is said about cerebral anoxia and its ability to mimic the symptoms of the disease. Some would be disturbed by the suggestion of home care in the face of impending paralysis and likewise by the recommendation to use barbituates. The suggestion of a mobile treatment is of interest.

A plea is made for appraisal of rehabilitation methods by adopting uniform testing procedures. The very recent advances in this field are heralded.

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