Seldom has society come full circle in the cycle of a disease - from illness,
to epidemic, to cure. Polio is the 20th century's most notable exception.
Every baby boomer remembers collecting dimes in their dime cards, hearing the
success of the Salk shot, and lining up for oral vaccines taken in a sugar cube.
But few know the story of how polio came to America in 1916 and grew into the
frightening epidemics of the 1940's and 50's when the disease crippled tens
of thousands of children every summer. Led by a president crippled by the virus
himself, the battle against polio was the first, and perhaps the most successful,
fight against a disease.
This fascinating story is told here using thousands of photographs and films
along with interviews with polio survivors, their families, nurses, doctors,
and community leaders, bringing to life an America that was both brave and innocent
- when people believed in scientists, government, and the power of every person
in the fight to protect the children.
Narrated by Olympia Dukakis.
Emmy Award Winner!
"A Tour de Force! Remarkable and comprehensive."
- Hollywood Reporter
"Inspiring!" - Washington Post
"Absorbing!" - New York Times
"Like detectives, we follow the trail of the victims,
test theories, and follow the case to a successful conclusion." -
Wall Street Journal
- Three mini-docs on Epidemic Disease
- History of Polio Timeline
- Archival photo gallery
Running Time: 9o minutes + bonus material