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November 15, 1941

Infantile Paralysis: A Symposium Delivered at Vanderbilt University, April 1941

JAMA. 1941;117(20):1747-1748. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820460085029

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This small book comprises six lectures by different authors given at Vanderbilt University under the auspices of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. The lecture on treatment, the last one in the book, will be most helpful to all physicians responsible for the care of victims of infantile paralysis. Dr. Frank R. Ober says that no 2 cases are exactly alike in their disabilities. The best prognosis depends so much on early prevention of deformity that it is incumbent on the family doctor to do everything possible to prevent deformities. He may obtain simple splints on short notice from the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. The help of an orthopedic surgeon is needed also even in the early stages.

Dr. John R. Paul reviews the epidemiology of poliomyelitis, emphasizing the clinical side. Only recently have we become aware of the neglect of the clinical epidemiology of poliomyelitis and realized that

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