From Jim Novax O’Kelly
Polio Can Be Conquered May 1949
Public affairs Pamphlet No. 150 by
Alton L. Blakeslee, science writer for the Associated Press with
cooperation of The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.
3. The disease is so uncommon that a score (20) or more recognized
cases out of every 100,000 population is regarded as an epidemic. Our
enemy is a tiny virus which can’t be seen.
Page 4. Bacteria are
alive. But the virus is different. It is a complete parasite, working
and reproducing only when inside the kind of cells which are its host.
In polio, the host are nerve cells.
Page 10. Sister Kenny deserves
much of the credit for the modern treatment of polio. She insisted
against considerable opposition that her results were far better than
those obtained from the old treatment of immobilization. These
principles in her treatment now have been aptoped quite generally
throughout this country and have contributed to a far more successful
treatment of this feared disease.
Page 20. In the past, polio
claimed most of its victims among children under five years of age. Now
the disease is affecting more children over 5, more teenagers, and more
young adults. Page 21. This change in age groups is so marked that the
disease really should be called poliomyelitis rather than infantile
[Jim’s comment. Not only did they change the name, they changed the symptoms and the condition of the victim. ]
Page 23. Safe vaccine predicted. Top scientists predict that a safe
vaccine will be found. That would be Thomas M. Rivers, Jonas Salk and
Thomas Francis Jr.
Page 24. We do know that persons or animals
contracting polio develop antibodies against the infection. The
antibodies can be found in their blood. But a serum prepared from such
blood does not seem to help in protecting other people, or animals. The
antibodies are in the blood, while the virus attacks the nerve cells.
The two do not come into contact.
Two Recent Developments.
Scientist using the powerful electron microscope have seen tiny
spherical bodies which may be nearly pure virus.
A dose of truth.
Page 25. Doctors are also hoping for a quick test to tell whether a
person is getting polio. The virus cannot be incubated or grown in
chicken eggs as in other diseases. The only test for polio so far is to
inject suspected material into monkeys or other animals and wait and see
if they become sick.
Jim’s research. So inject ground up spinal
cord into an animal. If it gets sick it’s the virus attacking. If it
doesn’t get sick, it was protected. What a racket.
Page 27. This was
in every book as prevention to being attacked by this invisible poison
that doesn’t exist. “Make sure your children wash their hands.”