Flying without wings: personal reflections on being disabled
Dr. Beisser was stricken with polio and paralyzed when he was 24 years old. Warm, humorous and devoid of self-pity, his story is a metaphor for the human condition. We all come up against limitations, but we must--and can--learn to accept and work within them.
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