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The published report of the Second International Poliomyelitis Congress, as might be expected, reflects the increasing complexity of studies on this disease and the increasing importance of contributions from fundamental research in the solution of clinical problems. The conspicious emphasis on virology and immunology as well as on neurophysiology is in marked contrast to the relatively brief sections devoted to clinical aspects of poliomyelitis.
Formal presentations are grouped in Symposia and Reviews, in either case being followed by discussions. The latter, in most instances, represent short prepared talks on some aspects of the day's subject rather than spontaneous comment on preceeding papers. The roster not only of principal speakers but also of discussors includes most of the names familiar to students in this field.
A new and most attractive feature of the volume is approximately 150 pages devoted to excellent exhibits displayed at the congress. Charts, figures, and pictures, including
Poliomyelitis: Papers and Discussions Presented at the Second International Poliomyelitis Conference.. AMA Am J Dis Child. 1954;87(2):258. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1954.02050090246029