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Polio's Legacy: An Oral History (Paperback)
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Polio's Legacy: An Oral History (Paperback)

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Paperback 296 Pages / Published: 19/03/1996
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This book shows readers the reality of polio and how it alters human lives. Thirty-five polio survivors open their hearts to explain their experiences-the day they were diagnosed with polio, their initial hospital stay, the therapy and the treatments they received, and the effects of polio on their childhood, youth, adulthood, and relationships with others. The editor, a polio survivor himself, and two colleagues obtained interviews with these survivors. The result is this written tribute to the survival of the human spirit. The book begins with an introduction to the disease. Next, the stories of the thirty-five interviewees are detailed and arranged into chapters according to the survivors' common life experiences. Finally, the editor provides a conclusion in hopes of 'making some sense of polio's legacy.' Readers will see how polio's legacy reveals itself through these stories. Because these are personal accounts about humans with a disease, they also provide information about others with disabling disorders. Polio's Legacy will be of prime interest to those in the medical field and anyone who wants to see the reality of the individual's fight for life.

Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 9780761801443
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 358 g
Dimensions: 207 x 135 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
These accounts are remarkable for the very personal, but never self-pitying, introspective narrative style used in describing the initial painful onset of polio, the bewilderment, the hospitalization, frequent misdiagnosis, overly-radical treatment, including surgery, or no treatment at all, the splinting, casting, isolation, immobilization, or unrelenting exercise and rehabilitative therapy of every sort. * New Jersey Polio Network *
This is a book that every person who has had polio should read and share with their partner in life. * Post Polio Sudbury Chapter *
...useful for illustrating how oral history can retrieve viewpoints of intimate human transactions which temper the documentary dominance of elite professionals...provides the impetus to expand what Sass has helpfully started. * The Oral History Review *
An important, well-crafted book. * CHOICE *
An important, well-crafted book. * CHOICE *
These accounts are remarkable for the very personal, but never self-pitying, introspective narrative style used in describing the initial painful onset of polio, the bewilderment, the hospitalization, frequent misdiagnosis, overly-radical treatment, including surgery, or no treatment at all, the splinting, casting, isolation, immobilization, or unrelenting exercise and rehabilitative therapy of every sort. * New Jersey Polio Network *
This is a book that every person who has had polio should read and share with their partner in life. * Post Polio Sudbury Chapter *
...useful for illustrating how oral history can retrieve viewpoints of intimate human transactions which temper the documentary dominance of elite professionals...provides the impetus to expand what Sass has helpfully started. * The Oral History Review *

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