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January 8, 1955


JAMA. 1955;157(2):140-143. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950190040011

AIMS, PROGRAM, AND ACHIEVEMENTS OF NATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR INFANTILE PARALYSIS  Hart E. Van Riper, M.D., New YorkThe National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis was organized in 1938 to "lead, direct and unify the fight against infantile paralysis." Today it is one of the largest voluntary health agencies in the world. It has always stood for cooperation between the medical profession and the public in attacking the problems of a disease that since the time of the first recognized epidemics has spread a tremendous shadow of fear across the public mind. One of the great achievements of the organization has been to help lift this cloud of anxiety from the public conscience. In place of panic we now have a rational approach toward poliomyelitis; for ignorance, we have substituted knowledge. The foundation alone cannot and does not take credit for all the changes in attitude toward poliomyelitis that have occurred in

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