August 1971

A History of Poliomyelitis

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By John R Paul, MD. Price, $15. Pp 486. Yale University Press 92A Yale Station, New Haven, Conn 06520, 1971.

Am J Dis Child. 1971;122(2):182-183. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1971.02110020116026

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Longtime leader of the Yale Poliomyelitis Study Unit, John Paul† has left us a penetrating, detailed, and at the same time a warm, personal, and illuminating story of one of medicines most exciting dramas of the twentieth century. Written so that it is readable and valuable to both the layman and the physician, "A History of Poliomyelitis" traces in the first ten short chapters the history of the disease from ancient times to the epidemics of this century. It is after this that the author, himself an active participant in the quest for the epidemiology, cause, and prevention of poliomyelitis, brings to his story a wealth of personal observations and documents that portray clearly the people, events, frustrations and final achievements culminating in the Sabin vaccine.

The clear perspective of history of the 1940's and 1950's and early 1960's †Dr. Paul died May 1971. is at once apparent in the

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