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The Polio Journals: Lessons from My Mother
by Anne K. Gross (Goodreads Author)
Description: Part memoir, part social commentary, The Polio Journals tells the story of Carol Rosenstiel, who contracted the disease in 1927 at the age of two, leaving her permanently paralyzed from the waist down.In the 1920s, society viewed polio as a shameful reflection of the dirty lifestyle of its victims, leading Carol's parents to silence all issues related to their ...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published January 20th 2011 by Diversity Matters Press
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Dr. Gross writes a heartwrenching yet inspiring story about the life of her mother who contracted polio at the age of two. She describes how victims of this vicious disease were not only affected physically, but emotionally as well. The effects rippled through families, thus claiming more than one victim. This book gives the reader an understanding of the devastating effects that chronic illness can inflict on families.