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Polio paralyzed and killed thousands of Americans a year before vaccination began in 1955.
  an acute viral disease marked by muscle paralysis caused by inflammation of nerve cells of the brain stem and spinal cord
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polio poliomyelitis
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  • Polio paralyzed and killed thousands of Americans a year before vaccination began in 1955.
  • Their leader was Maulana Fazlullah, a 28-year-old who used to operate the pulley chair to cross the Swat River and whose right leg dragged because of childhood polio.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • JAN. 20—Mr. Ronald T. Stein was today named chairman of the Union County division of the Annual March of Dimes Polio Drive.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • iUna tornicnta de polio!
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising

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  • He talked to some people about his new cure for polio, and my heart sort of died.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I’ve never seen an iron lung, but the newspapers had pictures of children in iron lungs, back when people still got polio.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Rickets and shingles were back, and perhaps polio was coming back, too.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • No, instead of laughing, I started blubbering into the phone, crying like a kid getting a polio shot.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • Date of most recent polio vaccination?
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • Dark hair, high cheekbones, but she had polio.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water

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  • When I was your age, I lived in bed, racked with polio.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • It began with the betrayal of his flesh: Thirty years after a bout with polio, the symptoms mysteriously flared anew.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • He had polio.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • But they don’t never explain more than just sayin, Yeah, your mother was on the moon, she been in nuclear bombs and made that polio vaccine.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • But polio had left Ali with a twisted, atrophied right leg that was sallow skin over bone with little in between except a paper-thin layer of muscle.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • Sometimes I play chess with one of my colleagues, an anchorite like myself, who suffers from post-polio syndrome.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • He favored it, believed it was polio, and felt secretly connected to the late President Roosevelt for that reason.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Sherman’s left leg was shriveled and weak, the result of polio.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Magda had made a wonderful-smelling arroz con polio.
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly
  • The laser, the transistor the polio vaccine, the microchip, the hologram, the personal computer, magnetic resonance imaging, CAT scans-the list goes on and on.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Sir Leigh Teabing had suffered from polio as a child and now wore leg braces and walked with crutches, but Langdon had found him such a lively and colorful man on his last visit that it hardly seemed an infirmity.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • This can so weaken the animal that it can develop a long list of other diseases like diarrhea, ulcers, liver disease, pneumonia, and feedlot polio.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • He could of made it so that it was always summer, and there’s always apples in the trees, and the water at the Blue Lake is always clean and warm for swimming—instead He made it so that some of us get polio when we go swimming and we’re crippled for life! Is that right?
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • Doc Daneeka would never go swimming again; a person could swoon or suffer a mild coronary occlusion in an inch or two of water and drown to death, be carried out to sea by an undertow, or made vulnerable to poliomyelitis or meningococcus infection through chilling or over-exertion.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • For a while in the middle of the twentieth century, it looked like polio would be the disease of the century.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Sher Takhi had polio as a child, and he walked with a limp, so it must have been agony for him.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • In junior high school, Flom took the entrance exam for the elite Townsend Harris public high school on Lexington Avenue in Manhattan, a school that in just forty years of existence produced three Nobel Prize winners, six Pulitzer Prize winners, and one Supreme Court Justice, not to mention George Gershwin and Jonas Salk, the inventor of the polio vaccine.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • What he did was, Richard Kinsella, he’d start telling you all about that stuff—then all of a sudden he’d start telling you about this letter his mother got from his uncle, and how his uncle got polio and all when he was forty-two years old, and how he wouldn’t let anybody come to see him in the hospital because he didn’t want anybody to see him with a brace on.
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • Have you had any recent viral infection, including poliomyelitis, hepatitis, mononucleosis, mumps, measles, varicella, or herpes?
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • When the school sent a notice home about a polio vaccination, I told her the time and place, and added that all students were now required to use metal lunch boxes, since they had discovered old paper bags can carry polio germs.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • Kai Jing, who was a geologist, was actually a very good calligrapher, especially for someone whose right side had been weakened by polio when he was a child.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • Now, Colonel, when Mr. Jones was a young man he contracted polio of the face and had to wear a brace on his nose and upper lip for the first five years of his life.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • This is the gender that invented the polio vaccine?
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • What had happened in medicine since the polio vaccine?
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • con polio and leaves the plantains warming in the oven for their dinner.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • A vaccine for polio had been developed, though it had yet to make its way to Africa.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • He had polio as a small child, which caused him to develop a stuttering problem.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • A hundred million crystallized polio viruses could cover the period at the end of this sentence.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • As a boy, he hiked the Cascade Mountains near his home in Washington to strengthen legs weakened by polio.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • So perhaps, you say hopefully, discrimination was practically eradicated during the twentieth century, like polio.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • What if I had polio?
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • He had health problems from emphysema and a childhood bout with polio, but I had never anticipated him actually dying.
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • This is a tank that somewhat resembles the iron lungs which, in more primitive decades, were used to sustain victims of polio.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • Polio, maybe.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • I had polio," said Henry.
    Robert Lipsyte  --  The Contender
  • So here’s my final menu: (Bear in mind today is the Day of Lovers and so red is my theme.) Salad of tomatoes and pimientos with hibiscus garnish Polio a la criolla (lots of tomato paste in my San Valentin version) Moors and Christians rice—heavy on the beans for the red-brown color Carrots — I’m going to shape the rings into little hearts Arroz con leche —because you know how the song goes.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • Polio was around too, killing and crippling.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • Or you were the Polio Mother of the Year 1952 or the subject of a brief improvised bit, which he now performed, on the flashing light in airliner toilets, a recent obsession of his.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • You could get polio without knowing how or where, end up in an iron lung without knowing why.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • What if his words had the effect of polio on me?
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
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