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The number of movies, videos and radio clips with content related to polio in the early days is limited.

Due to advances in technology, the number of multi-media sources for polio and post-polio is constantly increasing.

This section describes what is available and, when possible, links to the content.

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Faces of Polio

This 12-minute DVD from the Thunder Bay & District Post-Polio Chapter of the March of Dimes (Canada) includes historic film and clips of polio survivors today, coverage of the group’s polio display at the Thunder Bay Historical Museum, and the unveiling of a memorial plaque at the Port Arthur Isolation Hospital. Contact Sandy Rutherford rutherfordsm@hotmail.com for a copy. A $10 (Cdn) donation is suggested.

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Final Inch, The

Nearly 50 years after a vaccine for Polio was developed in the United States, the Polio virus still finds refuge in some of the world’s most vulnerable places. Into India’s impoverished neighborhoods, The Final Inch follows the massive – and yet highly personalized - mission to eradicate Polio from the planet. One of history’s most feared diseases, now largely forgotten; Polio has become a disease of the world’s poor.

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First Research Symposium on the Late Effects of Poliomyelitis (Audio)

May 25-27, 1984, Warm Springs, Georgia The proceedings of this symposium were published as: Halstead, Lauro S., and David O. Wiechers, eds. Late Effects of Poliomyelitis. Miami: Symposia Foundation, 1985.

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Frog Breathing

In this 1983 video funded by The Polio Foundation of Alberta, polio survivor Gary McPherson demonstrates glossopharyngeal (frog) breathing. Clarence Dail, MD, at the Los Angeles-based Rancho Los Amigos respiratory center, described his observations in a 1951 article in California Medicine. Patients with very low vital capacity “discovered this method of breathing without help or even suggestion that it was possible. Others learned from them.”

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From the ICU to Homecare: A Patient's Perspective

This video was made possible through the support and generosity of the following: The American College of Chest Physicians The CHEST Foundation Allen Goldberg, MD, Master FCCP Eveline Faure, MD Audrey King ©1999

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Geeta Castelino

Short profile of Geeta Castelina, a successful polio survivor living in Mumbai, India, produced by IBN Live. Ms Castelino became a lecturer at the age of 18 and principal at the age of 32 and is pursuing three careers- one as a consulting social psychologist, as an educationist and as a corporate trainer in the field of design and fashion technology.

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Good-bye Stick

This video shows how successful rehabilitative surgery has improved the quality of life for polio survivor Naresh Kumar. The surgery was performed at Bhola Hospital in Allahabad, India.

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Have You Ever Had Polio?

Have You Ever Had Polio? The Stevens Point Rotary Club asks this question with the help of medical professionals. This video developed by the Rotary Club of Stevens Point and the College of Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Produced by Eva Donohoo, videographer, and Mary Williams, Rotary Club and Idea Associates. 

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Horace Parlan by Horace Parlan

This film was shown at the Mary Pickford Theater at the LOC in 2001. Pianist and composer Horace Parlan is best known for his collaborations with Charles Mingus, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Archie Shepp and Dexter Gordon. His compositions are rich and deeply textured, and his playing is all the more remarkable considering that when he was five years old, Parlan contracted polio which constricted the right side of his body. Rough Sea Productions, 2002, 59 minutes. DVD Producer/Director: Don McGlynn.

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I'll Be Back in the Morning

“I have worried for years about the number of people with disabilities, especially kids, who never had a chance or opportunity to reach their potential because of all the ‘doomsayers’ with authority and (assumed) expertise behind the opinions they offer.” Audrey King, 1952 polio survivor

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