Virus scare familiar to those who remember polio

By Linda Hersey Contributing Writer SOUTH PORTLAND (May 7): When Penny Pachios Carson grew up in Cape Elizabeth, families avoided crowds because they feared catching polio. [0] So Carson played at the beach instead. No one knew at the time that sewage discharged from town pipes into the bay carried the polio virus. Three Cape […]

Oshinsky Book Frames Fight Against Polio And The Aftermath For Polio Survivors

(The following passages begin on page 282 of the Pulitzer Prize winning book, “POLIO an AMERICAN STORY”, by David M. Oshinsky, George Littlefield Professor of History at the University of Texas.  The book is copyright 2004 Oxford University Press, Inc.) Sometimes forgotten amidst these triumphs and controversies are the lives that were affected most by […]

PSA-Our Passion – Exerpt from Heath and Hunger pamphlet

In downloads is a rewrite of the information that is available in the Rotary Health and Hunger pamphlet.  In it is an over view of the passion of the Polio Survivors & Associates group, summary of projects — past, current and future, a list of things you can do, and additional links. www.rotarypoliosurvivors.com/downloads/Health_and_Hunger.pdf     […]

The Final Inch – Award Nominated Documentary available online

http://www.hbo.com/docs/programs/thefinalinch/video.html On Saturday, April 18, HBO will rebroadcast “The Final Inch”, an academy award-nominated documentary about polio in India . UNICEF India assisted with the making of the film. The HBO web site provides the following summary: Nearly 50 years after a vaccine for polio was developed in the U.S. , the polio virus still […]

“Managing Post-Polio”, A Guide to Living and Aging Well with Post-Polio Syndrome, Lauro S. Halstead, M.D., NRH Press, Second Edition 2006

            Dr.Halstead is one of the early doctors to identify what came to be known as “post-polio syndrome” (PPS).  He helped organize international conferences in Warm Springs in the early 1980’s and has continued his interest and work at the National Rehabilitation Hospital.  Joan Headley, Senior Advisor to our Polio Survivors Action Group is one […]

“Postpolio Syndrome”, Julie K.Silver, MD, Anne C. Gawne, MD, Hanley & Belfus

            This paperback was published in 2004 and is a compendium of evidence-based findings of more than twenty observers-practitioners in the field of diagnosis and rehabilitation of polio survivors and offers the best state-of-the-art medical treatment known at the time of publication.  Dr. Silver is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School.  At the time […]

“Splendid Solution, Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio”, Jeffrey Kluger, G.P.Putman’s Sons

            A good companion book to Oshinsky’s “Polio – An American Story” that goes into great detail about the life and times of Jonas Salk, the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (NFIP) and Salk’s University of Pittsburg Lab that compounded the serum that led the way to a reliable and effective vaccine that can be […]

Polio: An American Story

David M. Oshinsky’s remarkable book which focuses on the search for a vaccine for polio, also talks about the survivors whose lives were devastated by the disease. In the downloadable PDF file available here, you can read exerpts from his 2004 book.