Book Reviews
July 1944

The Kenny Concept of Infantile Paralysis and Its Treatment.

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By John F. Pohl, M.D., and Sister Elizabeth Kenny. Price, $5.00. Pp. 366, with illustrations. St. Paul: Bruce Publishing. Company, 1943.

Am J Dis Child. 1944;68(1):77. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1944.02020070084013

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It is difficult to evaluate the methods recommended for the treatment of infantile paralysis in this book by Sister Kenny and Dr. Pohl. Only time can do this. However, some facts are obvious. Sister Kenny has demonstrated that immobilization in the acute stage of the disease is unnecessary. This idea is not original; others have urged that immobilization be discarded. Some men in the United States have been treating their patients without immobilization for years, although this practice had never been accepted by the medical profession until the advent of Sister Kenny. She should be given credit for having the idea accepted, but equal credit is due the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, Inc., for giving her the opportunity to demonstrate her ideas. Without its aid, she too would not have been heard.

It is not certain whether Sister Kenny gets good results because of the meticulous application of good

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