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The number of movies, videos and radio clips with content related to polio in the early days is limited.

Due to advances in technology, the number of multi-media sources for polio and post-polio is constantly increasing.

This section describes what is available and, when possible, links to the content.

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A Paralyzing Fear: The Story of Polio in America

Directed by Nina Seavey, this 1998 film depicts the story of polio's rise to epidemic proportions in 1916, and its eventual eradication through vaccines in the 1950s. The documentary examines America's haunting fear of the disease it could not contain and tells the story of America's transcendence from that fear. The film crew traveled across America interviewing polio survivors, parents, doctors, physical therapists, journalists, and everyday citizens.

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Aging Well in America

This June 15, 2015 airing of Aging Well in America features Bonnie Levitan and Tim Brown of the Michigan Polio Network discussing the late effects of polio. This program was produced by Grosse Pointe War Memorial (WMTV).

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All Walks of Life

 All Walks of Life': a mini film about polio, peer support and friendship. This mini film was produced in partnership with the Rotary Club of Bentleigh Moorabbin Central, Individual Films and the Bayside Polio Group. The Bayside Polio Group asked the filmmaker to produce a short film to communicate polio, peer support and hope. 

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Benefits of Warm Water Pool Therapy for Post-Polio Patients

Produced by Easter Seals Tennessee. For more resources, go to www.post-polio.org/edu/hpros/poolther.html.

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CBC Radio Canada

From the radio station's digital archives are 14 TV and radio clips (spanning the years 1938 - 1995) about the history of polio, the vaccine and current post-polio syndrome issues.

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Cheri Ford's Polio Ward

Provided courtesy of polio survivor Cheri Ford, this video offers a glimpse of the polio ward at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan where Cheri was treated.  It is narrated by Cheri's parents.

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Coping Successfully with Polio's Late Effects

A 1989 group discussion about new late effects of polio led by Allison (Sunny) Roller and Frederick Maynard, MD, University of Michigan. 

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Diseases on the Brink: Polio

From The New York Times reporters Celia W. Dugger and Donald G. McDonald Jr. is this documentary film clip that profiles five diseases and the international efforts towards eradication--including polio.

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Dorothy Horstmann: Polio Pioneer

Yale researcher Dorothy Horstmann made seminal discoveries about the course of polio that supported the ultimate development of a vaccine. Her former mentee, George Miller reflects on Horstmann's science and life. Deputy Dean Carolyn Slayman talks about Horstmann's groundbreaking role as a woman in medicine. This video was produced by the Yale School of Medicine as part of their "Bicentennial Voices" series.  It was released in 2011.

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Elizabeth Martinez - Discapacidad O Nuevas Capacidades

A video on the life and struggle of Elizabeth Martinez of Nicaragua, who had polio as a child and uses a wheelchair. She graduated as a psychologist from the Universidad Centroamericana in Managua and works as a teacher and psychologist. She speaks of the support of her family and many friends, and her Christian faith.

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