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Paralyzing Fear, A: The Story of Polio in America

A film by Nina Gilden Seavey

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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!

What the Critics are Saying

"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

Features and Specifications

Bonus materials:
  • Three mini-docs on Epidemic Disease
  • History of Polio Timeline
  • Archival photo gallery
  • Biographies
  • Trailers
Format: DVD
Running Time: 9o minutes + bonus material
Color: Color
Language: English

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