Category Archives: Poliomyelitis

‘Do No Harm’ (Henry Marsh), ‘This is Going to Hurt’ (Adam Kay) and ‘Woman in a White Coat’ (Dr Abby Waterman)

If you  enjoy medical stories and you’ve read Henry Marsh’s ‘Do No Harm’ and Adam Kay’s ‘This is Going to Hurt‘  you’ll want to read ‘Woman in a White Coat’ and find out what it’s like being a doctor and finally a consultant pathologist from a Woman’s Point of View.

Celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th.

Woman in a White Coat paperback

Some of Dr Abby Waterman’s stories are funny and some sad. Listen to an episode from her childhood that made her want to be a doctor when she grew up

Chapter 2 Violet has Polio pp 29-30

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‘Woman in a White Coat Chapter 2 pp 29-30

We all caught measles, chicken pox and whooping cough. The only immunisation we had was against smallpox – it left an ugly scar on your upper arm.

There was an outbreak of Infantile Paralysis (Polio) every summer and in all the schools there were children with leg braces to support limbs damaged by the disease. It wasn’t until 1955 that Dr Salk’s anti-polio vaccine became available.

Continue reading ‘Do No Harm’ (Henry Marsh), ‘This is Going to Hurt’ (Adam Kay) and ‘Woman in a White Coat’ (Dr Abby Waterman)

Polio Epidemics pre-WW2

Woman in White Coat paperback, some reference books, my stethoscope, a couple of teeth and a doll box – souvenirs of my various careers

Before the advent of the anti-polio vaccine, in 1955, here in the UK there was an epidemic of poliomyelitis (Infantile Paralysis) every summer.

In 1938, the dreaded disease came to our tenements.

Memoir Extract from Woman in a White Coat Chapter 2 pp 29-30

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We all caught measles, chicken pox and whooping cough. The only immunization we had was against smallpox – it left an ugly scar on your upper arm. Continue reading Polio Epidemics pre-WW2