Paralyzing Fear: The Story of Polio in America

Paralyzing Fear: The Story of Polio in America

1998, Other
Polio was an unpredictable and devastating disease that once challenged the very fabric of our society. Gripped by fear, fueled by lack of information and armed with ingrained prejudice against the unfamiliar, the American middle class succumbed to a polio hysteria nearly as insidious as the epidemic itself, even as scientists struggled to uncover its true cause. This documentary examines polio's physical and emotional costs and highlights those at the forefront of finding its cure.
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