Medicine: Treatment for Polio

A new and apparently successful treatment for infantile paralysis—reversing all accepted methods of treating the disease at its outset—was last week described to U.S. doctors. Instead of immobilizing paralyzed limbs by strapping them to splints, the new treatment calls for patiently flexing a victim's useless limbs while he is still sick in bed. No doctor invented this method, but a nurse in the Australian bush named Sister Elizabeth Kenny.*

In the Journal of the American Medical Association, Drs. Wallace H. Cole and Miland Elbert Knapp of the University of Minnesota told how they invited strapping, soft-spoken Sister Kenny to work in...

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