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By André B. Sobocinski, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery historianIn the spring of 1955, the State of Massachusetts was hit by one of the worst poliomyelitis polio epidemics in U.S. history. Over the spring and summer months, more than 3,500 men, women and children were stricken with the disease; 800 of them in Boston alone. Overburdened civilian hospitals pleading for help were assisted by National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis -March of Dimes-, Red Cross and even the Navy Medical Department. Throughout the summer, the Navy shipped 10 iron lungs to Boston-area hospitals and loaned out hospital corpsmen, nurses, orthopedic surgeons and occupational therapists to help care for victims and assist in their recovery. And, in an unprecedented move, the Naval Hospital Chelsea, Massachusetts, opened a special -polio ward- for military dependents.



Autor: U.S. Navy. Bureau of Medicine and Surgery

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