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March 1996

Post Polio Syndrome

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Rochester, NY

Arch Neurol. 1996;53(3):221-222. doi:10.1001/archneur.1996.00550030023016

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This book is a welcome addition to the small number of reference works available on postpolio syndrome. Chapters by well-known figures in the field of postpolio are an asset. The book may also prove useful for well-informed patients with postpolio syndrome as there are chapters on exercise and personal experience as well as the psychologic aspects of dealing with the late effects of polio.

The preface is an interesting introduction documenting the recognition of postpolio syndrome in the early 1980s. There is an up-to-date summary regarding postpolio and a discussion of the multiple possible causes. The best chapter of the book is saved almost for last and is written by Halstead. This is titled "The Lessons and Legacies of Polio." From the unique perspective of a survivor of polio, he discusses individual experiences, social issues, and some of the medical issues involved with dealing with postpolio syndrome.

Other chapters include

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