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Article
March 1954

EARLY TREATMENT OF POLIOMYELITIS

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PITTSBURGH

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1954;87(3):354-360. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1954.02050090342011
Abstract

THE SUCCESS of the treatment of motor disability in poliomyelitis depends on proper management of the acute illness, on psychologic factors, and on orientation of the patient, his family, and all professional personnel concerned with his care. Unfortunately, during recent years the relatives of patients have indicated by questions and reactions that their connotation of the word "treatment" is limited chiefly to physical measures. The pediatrician or the internist who is meeting needs for hydration, electrolytes, and other such vital factors may save the patient's life or make him better able to tolerate and benefit by physical measures. All of us should help to educate the public to appreciate the crucial steps in early care, with recognition of the contributions by all consultants. The family physician should receive credit for being alert for symptoms, for asking for consultation when he needs help, and for arranging adequate early care so that

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