In doing so she was led to research the recent social and personal history of polio in the united states albeit not from a scientific viewpoint much of that history is anecdotal she presents a vivid account of the panic suffered by parents of young children. In the shadow of polio offers a penetrating look at this intense and significant period in american history black in 1954 kathryn blacks mother became one of the millions of people worldwide stricken with polio. In the shadow of polio a personal and social history by kathryn black addison wesley 320 pages 2300 in reconstructing her early memories of the loss of her mother topoliomyelitis black interweaves her personal story with an examination of the impact that the highly infectious viraldisease which erupted in the united states in 1942 and climaxed in the summer of 1952 with almost . Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for in the shadow of polio a personal and social history at amazoncom read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. In the shadow of polio a personal and social history in the shadow of polio a personal and social history reading mass addison wesley 1996 ix 307 pp ill 2300 in the shadow of polio is an important addition to a small but growing subset of illness narratives the memoirs of those whose childhood was dominated and truncated by
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