By Naomi Rogers
In the course of international struggle II, polio epidemics within the usa have been seen because the country's "other warfare at home": they can be neither estimated nor contained, and paralyzed sufferers confronted incapacity in a global unfriendly to the disabled. those realities have been exacerbated via the clinical community's enforced orthodoxy in treating the illness, remedies that as a rule consisted of useless cures.
Polio Wars is the tale of Sister Elizabeth Kenny -- "Sister" being a connection with her prestige as a senior nurse, no longer a spiritual designation -- who arrived within the US from Australia in 1940 espousing an unorthodox method of the therapy of polio. Kenny approached the ailment as a non-neurological disease, championing such novel treatments as scorching packs and muscle workouts instead of splinting, surgical procedure, and immobilization. Her care embodied a special type of medical perform, certainly one of positive, patient-centered remedies that gave desire to determined sufferers and households.
The Kenny strategy, first and foremost brushed off by way of the U.S. clinical institution, received overwhelming help over the consequent decade, together with the endorsement of the nationwide beginning for childish Paralysis (today's March of Dimes), America's biggest ailment philanthropy. by way of 1952, a Gallup ballot pointed out Sister Kenny as such a lot famous girl in the USA, and he or she went directly to function knowledgeable witness at Congressional hearings on medical learn, a starting place director, and the topic of a Hollywood movie. Kenny breached expert and social mores, crafting a public character that combined Florence Nightingale and Marie Curie.
By the Eighties, following the invention of the Salk and Sabin vaccines and the March of Dimes' withdrawal from polio study, so much american citizens had forgotten polio, its cures, and Sister Kenny. In studying this ancient arc and the public's means of forgetting, Naomi Rogers offers Kenny as an individual worthy remembering. Polio Wars recalls either the eagerness and the practices of medical care and explores them of their personal terms.