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October 20, 1951

THE SECOND INTERNATIONAL POLIOMYELITIS CONFERENCE

JAMA. 1951;147(8):760-761. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670250052014

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Abstract

The Second Poliomyelitis Conference of the International Poliomyelitis Congress, which was held recently in Copenhagen, Denmark, was attended by almost a thousand persons, including almost 600 physicians. Thirty-seven countries were represented, and, if one can judge from the enthusiasm shown by the delegates, as many if not more countries will be heard from when the next conference is called. The information that was exchanged was made available and was received with a degree of understanding that left no doubt concerning its value for those interested in anterior poliomyelitis.

There was no announcement of a miracle drug as a cure or of the development of measures which at this time will prevent this disease in humans, but there was revealed research that shows promise of therapeutic and preventive measures that will permit eventually as much control over this disease as has been attained for other infectious processes. For example, one researcher

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