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The Man in the Iron Lung

Posted 1 Dec 2014 by

MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2014 – Paul Alexander's most impressive accomplishment is something most people never think about. He taught himself how to breathe. Alexander, 67, is a victim of the worst that polio had to offer children in the late 1940s and early 1950s. At the age of 6, he was completely paralyzed by the disease, his lungs stopped working, and he was literally thrown into an iron lung. ...

The Salk Polio Vaccine: A Medical Miracle Turns 60

Posted 1 Dec 2014 by

Part one of a two-part series MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2014 – Most American parents today can't fathom the horror that summers brought during the first half of the 20th century. Summer meant polio season, and whole communities waited in dread for an outbreak to strike. Ordinary life all but ground to a halt in cities and towns where polio went on its rampage, crippling or killing scores of children. ...

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