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Book and Media Reviews
August 3, 2011

The Politics of Polio in Northern Nigeria

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Dr Chang is Contributing Editor, JAMA (tina.chang@jama-archives.org).

JAMA. 2011;306(5):556-557. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1079

The Politics of Polio in Northern Nigeria is a detailed examination of efforts being made to eradicate polio in an area in which polio is endemic and that in 2006 had the largest number of naturally occurring (wild) polio cases in the world. The author painstakingly examines the failure to eradicate the disease after more than a decade of trying. The book traces the influence of the country's social and historical contexts on the politics affecting polio vaccination. The book is interesting and shows insight into the effects of the country's culture on the slow acceptance of polio vaccine.