Polio: An American Story

By David M. Oshinsky
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"Polio" by David M. Oshinsky is a compelling and meticulously researched account of one of the most devastating diseases in history.

The book chronicles the emergence of the polio epidemic in the United States during the early 20th century, tracing its impact on individuals, families, and society as a whole. Oshinsky highlights the groundbreaking scientific research conducted by Dr. Jonas Salk and his team, leading to the development of the first effective polio vaccine.

Through vivid storytelling, the author delves into the personal struggles of polio survivors and their resilience in the face of physical and emotional challenges. Oshinsky also explores the social and political climate surrounding the disease, from the creation of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis to the role of media in raising awareness and funding for research.

In addition to painting a comprehensive picture of the polio epidemic, Oshinsky analyzes the lasting legacy of the disease, from the establishment of the modern public health infrastructure to the enduring fear and stigma associated with polio.

"Polio" is a gripping and enlightening examination of a disease that once paralyzed thousands, leaving readers with a greater understanding of the medical advancements and societal impact that have shaped our world.
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