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Adult Polio

By the 1950s, as much as 80% of polio victims were adults, reported by Richard Bruno in ‘The Polio Paradox’. These are citations verifying adult cases.


http://my.att.net/p/s/community.dll?ep=24&groupID=251012&ck= paralysis from bootleg Jamaican Ginger in the 1930s


Thomas Midgley Jr, chemist for General Motors who developed the toxic gasoline additive tetraethyl lead (TEL): “In 1940, at the age of 51, Midgley contracted poliomyelitis, which left him severely disabled. This led him to devise an elaborate system of strings and pulleys to help others lift him from bed. This system was the eventual cause of his death when he was entangled in the ropes of this device and died of strangulation at the age of 55.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Midgley,_Jr.


Tuscon – “The polio epidemic of the 1950’s was severe in Tucson… a senior in the School of Nursing, was happily planning for the approaching graduation exercises. At the senior prom she was selected as the most popular girl in her class. Then, without a warning, on July 5, 1952, she became ill with the dread bulbar type of polio. Two days later she died… During the years of the crippling polio epidemic student nurses were motivated to participate in healthful outdoor activities as much as possible.” http://parentseyes.arizona.edu/carondelet/ames_nursing_5.html
1951 –extensive fallout in the Tuscon area from Operations ‘Ranger'(5 shots, Jan-Feb)and ‘Buster-Jangle’ (7 shots, Oct-Nov)
1952 Operation Tumbler-Snapper, April-May-June (Arizona fallout from shots Baker, Charlie, Dog)
Florence Mahoney writing to Mary Lasker in 1953: …”a VP of Pan Am has polio and wanted to get his Dr. in touch with [Murray] Sanders to see if he wouldn’t try the present serum. All of this via tel. as Sanders is in Chicago. The VP is only 42 and both arms and legs paralyzed and very ill (he in N.Y.)” –p.163, Noble Conspirator by Judith Robinson, 2001.
   Mahoney and Lasker were the driving lobbyists behind the expansion of the NIH, originally motivated to “public service” in their common cause of birth control and mental treatment. The Laskers (Albert and Mary) instigated a 1945 coup within the American Society for the Control of Cancer, installing a panel of lifetime trustees that included their friends Lewis Strauss (Atomic Energy Commission), OSS chief Bill Donovan, Dr. Alton Ochsner (Dr. Mary’s Monkey)and pharmaceutical executive Elmer Bobst.
“Robert W. Allington worked as an intern at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory on the SAGE air defense computer; near the end of the internship he was diagnosed with polio. Eventually he became an entrepreneur and founded Instrumentation Specialties Company (Isco), which focused on separation and environmental instrumentation.” http://www.chemheritage.org/discover/collections/oral-histories/index.aspx


“Ann Adams – … artist (by mouth) Adams had not breathed on her own for over forty years, and though she could not use her hands, her mind was far from being handicapped. Paralyzed from the neck down, she was able to move only a few facial and neck muscles. At the age of nineteen, Ann married an Annapolis Naval Officer. At twenty-one, she gave birth to her son, Kenny, and two years later, in 1950, she was struck with polio. After polio struck, Ann spent a year-and-a-half in Jacksonville, and the following year-and-a-half in a rehab center in North Carolina. The next five years of her life were spent in the strict cloister of an iron lung. There was no way or means of leaving even her bedroom because of the respiratory problem. The National Foundation For Infantile Paralysis provided equipment and nursing services which kept her alive.”

>>from a list of famous people who had polio  http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/publish/famous-polio.shtml . Jonas Salk, Albert Sabin, and J. Robert Oppenheimer are on this list. The very briefest possible mention about Oppenheimer’s polio is in this article: http://ohst.berkeley.edu/publications/HSNSmodel.pdf Oppenheimer was also diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 22 after attempting to poison his teacher (Patrick Blackett) with a laced apple  — ref. “American Prometheus : the Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer”, Bird and Sherwin


[book] ”The Christmas House’ by Georja Skinner..” The author’s father, George Skinner, separated from his family in Canada and resettling in California with his father Albert, contracted polio at age 22 in the epidemic that struck Los Angeles in 1934.”…” Not much was known about polio in 1934, and the Los Angeles epidemic was unusual in many ways, primarily for the extraordinary outbreak of what first appeared to be polio among the nurses and attendants at Los Angeles General Hospital, but now believed to have been chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Among 2,500 confirmed cases of polio, of which George’s was one, nearly 300 nurses were also affected by CFS.”   http://www.amazon.com/review/RTYW380KF9FXG


Robert Strange McNamara and his wife Margy (more severely stricken) both had polio in the 1940s. None of their 4 children took ill. From his memoirs, http://partners.nytimes.com/books/first/l/lagguth-vietnam.html Margaret McNamara died of cancer in 1981 http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090706/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/obit_mcnanara


*”Mr. Harper, 77, was a Navy petty officer in the South Pacific during two nuclear blasts in July 1946. He developed polio a few years later…” http://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/0509-06.htm


“I contracted polio while serving in the United States Army, while stationed in Japan…” http://polio.home.mindspring.com/id19.html


*”..Son gets vaccine and mild case, Dad gets polio”. June 20, 1955, Time magazine  http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,809445,00.html


*1955, Hawaii; Mrs. Dorothy Civin, wife of Dr. W.Harold Civin http://hml.org/mmhc/mdindex/civin.html


“Dr. Bradley Raymond, a retired Wrentham physician who contracted polio at the age of 32, said he started having problems a few years ago. Now at age 82, he has a weak voice and a susceptibility to pneumonia, along with other ailments not related to polio.”…


“Eugene Allen of Neenah contracted polio in 1955 when he was 26 years old. He became a spokesperson and advocate for The March of Dimes campaign in Appleton”…[see photo caption]

“Harold Mulder, a polio survivor stricken at the age of nineteen, explains how he thought he may have contracted polio”…


Marjorie Lawrence (1908-1979): world famous opera singer;
In her early thirties, Margorie got sick in Mexico City and was diagnosed with poliomyelitis.” http://pprg.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=72&catid=35


POST POLIO Syndrome in older adults

Arthur C. Clarke (d.2008, age 90) was diagnosed with PPS in 1988 at age 70. By 1995, Clarke was confined to a wheelchair. Clarke’s biography sketches make no mention of an originating polio infection http://www.arthurcclarke.net/?scifi=2

Robert Anton Wilson — “Acclaimed novelist Robert Anton Wilson died this past Thursday at his home in Monterey, California, from complications of Post-Polio syndrome.” Wilson contracted polio at age 4. http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/123846/robert_anton_wilson_author_cult_figure.html

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