Wednesday, 16 September 2015

HUNGARIAN POLIO EPIDEMIC

In historical and personal context

Yesterday Conductive World opened a small window upon the polio epidemic in Hungary, by way of Dora Vargha, medical historian at Birkbeck College London.

Dora's grandfather was a victim of that epidemic. Here she elaborates on the social, political and medical context of that epidemic, and some of its human side.

András Pető does not feature, but the context was his too.

Read it for a feel of his times.

References

Bailey, P. (2014) Hungary’s cold war with polio, Mosaic, 15 April

Sutton, A. (2015) Pető and polio, Conductive World, 15 September



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