Book Reviews
April 1950

Polio and Its Problems.

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By Roland H. Berg, with a foreword by Basil O'Connor. Price, $3. Pp. 174, with 24 illustrations. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Co., 1948.

Am J Dis Child. 1950;79(4):771. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1950.04040010786017

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The author's avowed purpose of presenting a "biography" of poliomyelitis is well accomplished in this newest addition to the lay literature on "polio." With remarkable accuracy and clarity, the author traces the history and trends of research in poliomyelitis, providing a sound orientation as to the magnitude and scope of the problem and the difficulties involved in its study. The current question of the exact mode of transmission is well handled, as is the description of the discouraging failures of attempts to prevent the spread of the disease by vaccination or other means. Sister Kenny's contribution is gently but quite firmly discussed as regards its beneficial effects and limitations. The importance and dangers of the bulbar form of the disease are emphasized, perhaps for the first time in a writing designed primarily for lay readers.

This is a readable book, with a certain amount of ballyhoo or melodrama which does

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