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In the Shadow of Polio: A Personal and Social History

by Kathryn Black

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Great combination of personal and broad history. ( )
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A memoir of her mother's horrifying descent into an iron lung--and into the grave two years later--this powerful, heart-wrenching book is also a well-researched and vivid account of the onset of the polio epidemics of the turn of the century and the conquering of the disease in the 1950s. Virginia Black, the author's mother, contracted both bulbar and spinal polio just weeks after the first American children had been inoculated with Jonas Salk's controversial vaccine. Virginia Black did not survive, but her daughter, six years old when her mother died, grew up to write an important first-hand account of this frightening crippler.

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