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Polio Wars: Sister Kenny and the Golden Age of American Medicine

Naomi Rogers


Sister Elizabeth Kenny came to the United States in 1940 to seek medical approval for her new methods of polio treatment. (“Sister” was a designation for senior nurse, not a religious title.) She gained the support of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (now the March of Dimes), America’s largest disease philanthropy directed by Franklin Roosevelt’s former law partner, Basil O’Connor. Kenny became one of the most prominent women of her era: an expert witness at Congressional hearings on science research; the director of her own Foundation which attracted as a spokesman Hollywood su ... More

Keywords: elizabeth kenny, polio, national foundation for infantile paralysis, basil o’connor, patient, therapy

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780195380590
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380590.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Naomi Rogers, author
Yale University

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