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Polio changed our nation

June 23, 2013
Parkersburg News and Sentinel

The article, "Post-polio support group marks 25th anniversary" greatly understates the severity of the polio epidemics. "About 35,000 people were affected by the disease (polio) in the late 1940s and early 1950s" should be 35,000 people were crippled by polio each year, making it one of the most feared diseases of the 20th century. The epidemics closed schools, movie theaters, swimming pools and other public gatherings.



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