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The late effects of Polio Information for Health Care Providers
Charlotte Leboeuf

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This is an important document because it raises issues about the long-term effects of a disease which medicine and society regard as having been solved by vaccination. This mission is obviously incomplete.

As one of the victims of the polio epidemic in 1952, I can personally support the findings of the extensive research that the author has put into this book. For instance, I can now explain why, four years after missing the first year of my medical course from polio, my forearms cramped up at the mile-mark of a three-mile Inter-varsity boat race. Now, when I experience what interpret to be repetitive strain symptoms from my gardening activities the question as to whether these are age-related or the late effects of polio arises. This notion raises some research questions in the text which require addressing. One wonders whether carpal-tunnel syndrome should also be added to this list of late complications. It would seem that carefully planned and executed case control studies will be needed to sort out these issues. Important life-longevity tables for the 40,000 or so victims of the epidemics of the 1940s and 50s will require calculations.

Traditional neurological opinions doubt the existence of this syndrome. This book successfully debunks such doubt. It should be read by all students and providers of health care in the hope that those who suffered in bygone decades and who continue to suffer can have their needs effectively met now and in the future.

T.G.C. Murrell
Foundation Professor
Community Medicine
University of Adelaide

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Document preparation: Chris Salter, Original Think-tank, Cornwall, United Kingdom.
Created: 7th July 1997
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