A Brief History
of Polio - Written by Adam Dove of the Polio
Information Center Online.
Century of Poliomyelitis - A 1994 article marking the 100th anniversary of a small
outbreak of polio in Brooklyn and Virginia.
- A nice medical summary.
- A slightly more in-depth one.
and Treatment of Virus Diseases: Vaccines - In depth information on vaccination and
immunity. Cool graphics.
Living in Fear
Terror: Polio in America - A group of students from Carrick High School, Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania researched, wrote, and made a videotape of a play about the development of
the Salk vaccine. It was done for a class festival and the National History Day
Contest (1999). Their site is mostly intended as an organization tool for their
project members, but it has several useful pages.
of Polio Terms
Ø Photo Gallery
Ø Polio Timeline
Ø Links - an excellent
Virtual Museum of the Iron
Lung - An electrical engineer became fascinated with the history of the iron lung and
created this Web site.
of Summers Past, by Meredith Hindley - A brief history of polio in the 20th century
and the story of the making of Nina Seavey's video A Paralyzing Fear. From
the September 1997 issue of Humanities, the official organ of the National
Endowment of the Humanities, which funded the making of the video.
Polio: Remember Your Strength -
This is a foundation to support people who have post-polio syndrome and to find medical
treatments for PPS. It's sort of a modern-day version of the old National Foundation
for Infantile Paralysis. It's listed here because of the stories of polio survivors, especially people who were
poster children for the NFIP.
Polio.com Timeline - A very
- In 1938, President Franklin Roosevelt chartered the National Foundation for Infantile
Paralysis. Later renamed the March of Dimes,
it was instrumental in the treatment of poliomyelitis and the research that led to the
Salk and Sabin vaccines. The March of Dimes remains the only health foundation that
has achieved its original charter: the eradication of poliomyelitis.
A Paralyzing Fear: The Story of
Polio in America - The making of Nina Gilden Seavey's PBS special on the search for
the vaccine against poliomyelitis.
Epidemic: On the Trail of Killer Diseases
A Terror About to Be Conquered
New Deal Network - This project of the Franklin
and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute has an enormous database of FDR photos.
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and
Museum - The presidential library's official Web site.
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National
Historic Site - Has some interesting pictures not available elsewhere and a photoessay
of Roosevelt's life.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial
Page at the White House
Franklin D. Roosevelt's Disability
- An examination of the affect that Roosevelt's paralysis had on his life. Short,
but has a unique point of view.
March of Dimes
The March of Dimes - Following the successful
development of a vaccine against polio, the March of Dimes turned its attention to birth
defects. It presently funds research into the cause and prevention of birth defects
and educational campaigns to promote the discovered preventions. The March of Dimes
has been instrumental in promoting the consumption of folic acid by pregnant women to
prevent neural tube disorders.
Disability Social History Project
- Archive of campaigns to help the "handicapped," including some for the
campaign against polio.
Kenny Foundation - Founded by
Sister Kenny in 1946, the foundation is dedicated to "breaking the attitudinal,
economic, environmental, and informational barriers that people with mobility impairments
face every day."
Elizabeth Kenny - Her biography, from a documentary Web site about famous and
Sister Kenny Institute - This
former polio treatment facility is now a general purpose rehabilitation centre for people
with physical limitations.
Dr. Jonas Salk
Salk Remembered as Gracious Hero of Century
Daily Transcript Business Report, 26 June 1995 - Following his death in 1995, Dr. Salk is
remembered fondly by friends and coworkers.
M.D., Developer of the Polio Vaccine - Salk's biography in the Academy of Achievement.
Problems with Vaccination
Virus Research - A complex, technical article that discusses the contamination of
inactivated virus vaccine with live virus.
Why Don't We
Have an AIDS Vaccine? - Compares the Salk vaccination trials and the potential
development of a vaccine against HIV.
40th Anniversary - The project by the Historical Center for the Health Sciences and
the Bentley Historical Library was created to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the
announcement of the polio vaccine.
The Beginning of the End - The
World Health Organisation's report on the attempt to rid the world of polio by the year
- Rotary International's campaign against polio includes vaccination days.
PICO: The Polio Information
Center Online - This center provides information on poliovirus.
or Never? - The author, Jong Wook Lee, is Director of the Global Programme for
Vaccines and Immunization, WHO. He believes that we may be at a critical,
now-or-never point in the drive to eradicate polio.
Post-Polio Syndrome Center
OPV vs. IPV
The Polio Paradox
- The story of a woman who developed polio after her infant daughter was vaccinated with
the live polio vaccine.