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February 23, 1957


JAMA. 1957;163(8):653-654. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970430043017

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The Problem.—  Some 150 medical society representatives from all 48 states, the District of Columbia, Alaska, and Hawaii braved Chicago's near-zero cold one day last month to face the challenge of poliomyelitis before it erupts during next summer's heat. Reports from trustees and officers of the American Medical Association, public health officials, executives of various branches of medicine, communities on the offensive against poliomyelitis, Dr. Salk—all these reports painted the danger, suggested the action, and looked to the future. First was heard the danger.Dwight H. Murray, A. M. A. President, said, "Only one out of every six adults between 20 and 35 years of age has even started on their inoculation program.... None of the other diseases for which we have vaccine has such devastating economic consequences as polio, particularly when it strikes the breadwinner.... The older the person is when stricken by polio, the more devastating the

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