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Dancing in my Dreams
Author: Kerry Highley

ISBN: 9781922235848
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1 November 2015
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 2.3
Across most of the world, an entire generation has lived free from the spectre of polio, but for fifty years during the twentieth century that fear was overwhelming. Polio rapidly became every parents worst nightmare. Epidemics arrived silently, often with symptoms that could easily be mistaken for a common cold, and dreadful suddenness. Those fortunate enough to survive infection often faced an unfriendly and unhelpful world. Appropriate treatments for polio survivors were fiercely debated. In pre-Second World War Australia, two women symbolised a dramatic rift between the medical communitys orthodoxy and those who advocated alternative therapy. In Victoria, Dr Jean Macnamara used splints, plaster casts and braces. In her clinic in Townsville and later in the USA, Sister Elizabeth Kenny championed and practised an alternative approach of little or no form of constraint for the paralysed body, advocating gentle exercise of muscles in the early, acute stage of the disease, and hot packs to relieve pain, spasm and muscle tightness. By the 1950s, most Western countries had abandoned the orthodoxy of immobilising polio survivors in plaster casts for months on end. In Australia, where the medical establish...

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