ebook ∣ Epidemics and Society
By Tamra B. Orr
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Thanks to a the pioneering efforts of disease researchers and immunologists and a highly effective and concerted global vaccination effort, one of the most dread diseases of the twentieth century has been largely wiped out. For most people, polio is no longer the terrifying specter it once was, yet it still casts a long and dark shadow over human consciousness and history, due to its extreme physical and emotional effects on polio victims and their families, and the equally extreme early treatments for it. The story of polio is ultimately a triumphant one, involving ingenious detective work and scientific experimentation, breakthrough discoveries, courageous study participants, and an inspiring global mobilization to protect a vulnerable population of young children. This compelling tale of disease, suffering, courage, determination, and triumph is told in gripping detail, revealing exactly how society was scarred, shaped, and ultimately strengthened by its successful war on polio.