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Polio by David M. Oshinsky
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Feb 14, 2009

it was amazing
Read in July, 2008

As has been said, this book reads like a mystery. Fascinating details about the disease, its history, the times, the medicine, the pain, the people who fought to eradicate it and the politics. I realized that I was one of the children on whom the vaccine was tested in 1954. I remember clearly being taken in to the cafeteria at St. Austin's School and being lined up to get the shot. I am told I cried but don't remember that part! Of course, at eight years, I had no idea of the controversy and the risk. I would give a lot to be able to talk to my father, a physician, about his thinking, giving permission to be in the pilot test, and the risks.
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