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Author Williams, Gareth, 1952-, author
Title Paralysed with fear : the story of polio / Gareth Williams ; illustrations by Ray Loadman
Imprint Houndsmills, Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
book jacket
Descript 1 online resource (xvii, 354 pages) : illustrations
text txt rdacontent
computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages [337]-343) and index
A Gentle Introduction -- 1. A Plague from Nowhere -- 2. The Crippler -- 3. The Virus That Never Was -- 4. Germs of Ideas -- 5. Lost in Transmission -- 6. Fear is the Key -- 7. First Do No Harm -- 8. Dead or Alive -- 9. Front Runner -- 10. Poles Apart -- 11. In the Opposite Corner -- 12. Loose Ends and a Gordian Knot -- 13. Looking Forward to a Retrospective --
A plague from nowhere -- The crippler -- The virus that never was -- Germs of ideas -- Lost in transmission -- Fear is the key -- First do no harm -- Dead or alive -- Front runner -- Poles apart -- In the opposite corner -- Loose ends and a Gordian knot -- Looking forward to a retrospective?
For much of the twentieth century, polio inspired terror as the 'morning paralysis' which could break into any home and disable or kill a previously healthy person. The cruelty of the disease is epitomised by the iconic images of the crippled child and the iron lung. This story of mankind's struggle against polio is compelling, exciting and full of twists and pardoxes. One of the grand challenges of modern medicine, it was a battleground between good and bad science. Some research won Nobel Prizes; other work was flawed or fraudulent, holding up progress and endangering patients' lives. Gareth Williams takes an original view of the journey to understanding and defeating polio, exploring the profoundly moving experiences of victims alongside the medical and scientific landmarks in the history of the disease
Description based on print version record
Link Print version: Williams, Gareth, 1952- Paralysed with fear. Houndsmills, Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013 1137299754 (DLC) 2013427894 (OCoLC)824657612
Subject Poliomyelitis -- History
Poliomyelitis -- history
Poliomyelitis -- epidemiology
Public Health -- history
Kinderlähmung. gnd
MEDICAL / Forensic Medicine bisacsh
MEDICAL / Preventive Medicine bisacsh
MEDICAL / Public Health bisacsh
Electronic books
Alt Author Loadman, Ray, illustrator
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