Polio Pioneer Helps Survivors Hold On To Strength – NPR story

Morning Edition, May 11, 2009 • Dr. Lauro Halstead is one of only a handful of doctors in the U.S. who specializes in polio — and he speaks to his patients with authority. He was one of the first doctors to publish evidence of a startling medical problem: Twenty-five years ago this month, he presented […]

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 […]