In the Shadow of Polio: A Personal and Social History

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Addison-Wesley Pub., 1996 - Medical - 307 pages
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[This book] "offers a penetrating look at this tragic and intense period in American life [1950s]. The author began her inquiry as a deliberate search for information about her mother, who was never spoken of after she died. The book is Black's effort to create not only a history for herself, but to give voice and face to all who played their parts, however unwillingly, in this ... drama. She alternates chapters that explore the lethal progression of her mother's illness [polio] and its devastating emotional impact upon her family with chapters that broaden into the social and historical context of this nation in the 1940s and 1950s ..."

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When Black was four years old, her mother disappeared into the hospital. Helpless and despondent when she finally came home, she soon died. Black's father, unable to cope, effectively disappeared. Her ... Read full review

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Kathryn Black, a journalist for twenty years, is the author of "In the Shadow of Polio," named by the Boston Globe as one of the ten best 1996 nonfiction works, winner of the Colorado Book Award for literary nonfiction, the June Roth Book Award for Health and Medical Writing, and a "Denver Post" bestseller. Black was named 1997 Author of the Year by the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

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