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Jubelt, Burk.

Title: Poliomyelitis and the Post-Polio Syndrome
[ Full Text Here ] Author(s): Burk Jubelt and Judy Drucker.
Original Publication: Chapter 34. Reprinted from Motor Disorders edited by David S. Younger.
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia 1999
Abstract/Extract: In the first half of the this century, epidemics of poliomyelitis (polio) ravaged the world. In the epidemic of 1952, over 20,000 Americans developed paralytic polio. With the introduction of the Salk inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) in 1954 and the Sabin oral polio vaccine (OPV) in 1961, the number of paralytic cases decreased to a handful per year. Polio had vanished and no longer was on the consciousness of Americans. The elimination of polio was a tremendous achievement for science and American medicine. However, in the late 1970s, survivors of paralytic polio began to notice new health problems that included fatigue, pain, and new weakness, thought not to be "real" by the medical establishment. The term "post-polio syndrome" (PPS) was coined by these patients to emphasize their new health problems. This chapter reviews acute poliomyelitis and the related PPS.

See also Linking Evidence and Experience: Characteristics and Management of Postpolio Syndrome - Offsite article (no longer freely accessible, subscription to JAMA being required).

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