A paralyzing fear : the triumph over polio in America /

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Main Author: Seavey, Nina Gilden.
Other Authors: Smith, Jane S.
Wagner, Paul, 1948-
Format: Book
Published:New York : TV Books, c1998.
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Polio books are a burgeoning field as scholarly and popular interest in epidemic-related studies abounds, fueled by the AIDS crisis. The number of good studies about polio is significant, including Tony Gould's very important A Summer Plague: Polio and Its Survivors (CH, Feb'96). This new book is different. Unlike earlier studies, it is designed to accompany a documentary film; it is cinematic, performance based, and thoroughly engrossing. Narration introduces the ". . . recollections of polio victims, their families, doctors, nurses, scientists, researchers and fund-raisers as they fought this deadly virus." The many photographs used are especially valuable. No other study of polio is as extensively and dramatically illustrated and this factor, above any other, recommends the book's purchase. As a visual resource, it is unique. In laying out the book, the visual-documentary approach was chosen over the ease of using the photographic materials. Captions have become a "Catalog of Archival Photographs"; whenever readers want to know what specifically is being shown in an illustration, they must turn to the back of the book. Additionally, there is neither an index nor a bibliography. Ultimately visual, it is emblematic of its publishers name: TV Books. General readers; undergraduates through faculty. I. Richman; Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg

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