American Experience: The Polio Crusade DVD

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Item #: WB0322
This film interweaves the personal accounts of polio survivors with the story of an ardent crusader who tirelessly fought on their behalf while scientists raced to eradicate this dreaded disease. The Polio Crusade features interviews with historians, scientists, polio survivors, and the only surviving scientist from the core research team that developed the Salk vaccine, Julius Youngner.
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This film interweaves the personal accounts of polio survivors with the story of an ardent crusader who tirelessly fought on their behalf while scientists raced to eradicate this dreaded disease. The Polio Crusade features interviews with historians, scientists, polio survivors, and the only surviving scientist from the core research team that developed the Salk vaccine, Julius Youngner.

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Producer: Sarah Colt Productions
Production Year: 2009
Copyright Year: 2009
Rating: TV-PG
Narrator: Linda Hunt
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 60 minutes
Language Track: English
Audio Format: 5.1 Surround
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

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Janet
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5.0 star rating
02/05/22
I was a polio victim
Review by Janet on 02/05/22 review stating I was a polio victim
I was a polio victim back in 1954; too young to remember. Now this DVD accurately presents that time prior to and after the vaccine.
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Ellen S.
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5.0 star rating
08/29/20
Polio Crusade
Review by Ellen S. on 08/29/20 review stating Polio Crusade
PBS, As a polio survivor (1951), I found this documentary to be acurate and very informative. I want my children and grandchildren to watch it (Im ordering the DVD)so they can better understand what their mother and grandmother went through as an eight year old - iron lung, braces, physical therapy, burned belongings, quarantined households, separation from family, hospitals and the fear that went along with all that. Thank you for a job well done!
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Donnas J.
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4.0 star rating
08/29/20
American Experience: The Polio Crusade D
Review by Donnas J. on 08/29/20 review stating American Experience: The Polio Crusade D
It was very good. Having lived through the epidemic and my brother and sister both contracted the polio and knowing friends who died from it, it was a powerful recollection of that event. Most young people of today can not concieve of such a thing. Actually there is no way to inform and alarm them.
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Id M.
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4.0 star rating
08/29/20
Missing important information
Review by Id M. on 08/29/20 review stating Missing important information
The documentary left out the essential contribution of Drs. John Enders, Frederick Robbins, and Thomas Weller. Without their discovery of how to grow polio in cell culture, Sabin and Salk would not have been able to scale up the production of their vaccines. Of note, neither Salk nor Sabin were awarded the Nobel Prize for their work on polio; Enders, Robbins and Weller did receive the award for their novel contributions to science and medicine.
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Kisstheskykneel
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4.0 star rating
08/29/20
Polio Trauma, human rights
Review by Kisstheskykneel on 08/29/20 review stating Polio Trauma, human rights
This video hit close to home as I myself am a polio survivor. I never paid much attention to the history of the disease and the politics involved in getting the vaccine out. The fact that insensible children were used as guinea pigs for the vaccine was totally new to me. Today that would never happen. Who knows which is worse, the rights we hold dear today or an epidemic allowed to run rampant. Good show.
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Lean N.
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5.0 star rating
08/29/20
A very well presented documentary.
Review by Lean N. on 08/29/20 review stating A very well presented documentary.
As an individual from the class of 1951 of polio victims,I found this program a sensitive,and infomative program.I learned new things and gained new insights regarding this part of my history,and Americas. This show should be part of any social history class at the high school,and college level.
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Patty N.
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5.0 star rating
08/29/20
A moving video of healthcare pioneers!
Review by Patty N. on 08/29/20 review stating A moving video of healthcare pioneers!
I purchased this video to show to my college Intro to Healthcare class. Students of all ages were moved deeply by this presentation of the US polio epidemic the political medical pioneers who blazed the trail for us. As a baby boomer I recall most of these events, but grew in my appreciation for what is now simply a vaccination for children. Thank you!!
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Quincy
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5.0 star rating
08/29/20
A Milestone in the History of Medicine
Review by Quincy on 08/29/20 review stating A Milestone in the History of Medicine
An accurate fascinating account of a national effort that succeeded against a horrible disease ... you didnt have to be of that era to appreciate the importance of this work to our welfare, history is the great teacher of life.(Pope John XXIII)
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Ann K.
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5.0 star rating
08/29/20
Innovative and daring documentary
Review by Ann K. on 08/29/20 review stating Innovative and daring documentary
I already own another documentary on polio, A Paralyzing Fear, which I enjoy and value for its content and its contributors, but The Polio Crusade is the only documentary I have seen which mentions Jonas Salks use of institutionalized, disabled children as research subjects. That aspect of the film, and the fact that Kathryn Black is one of the major voices in the film (I have read and love her autobiography/social history _In The Shadow of Polio_), makes this a must-have for my medical history/disability studies collection.
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A M.
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5.0 star rating
08/29/20
American Experience: The Polio Crusade
Review by A M. on 08/29/20 review stating American Experience: The Polio Crusade
My daughter had polio. Thank you Pbs!!!!!!!!!!! I have been waiting for this documentary for 59 years. I want my granddaughters to view this DVD and realize what their mother lived through. She was one of the fortunate ones and will celebrate her 61st birthday this month.
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Skatergirl
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5.0 star rating
08/29/20
Excellent documentary!
Review by Skatergirl on 08/29/20 review stating Excellent documentary!
Unbelievable footage recording the history. I wish that the nations anti-vaccine groups would watch this!
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Dee
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08/29/20
Polio...there is more to be covered!
Review by Dee on 08/29/20 review stating Polio...there is more to be covered!
I contracted Polio three months before the Saulk vaccine became available. I am one of the lucky ones though. I did however end up being diagnosed with Post Polio Syndrome in 2004. This can come about 50 years after having Polio. I am buying the DVD on Polio and would love to see you do a follow-up with the Post Polio Syndrome. The gentleman who mentioned the Rotary Club that has been involved in trying to eradacate Polio worldwide should also be included, should you decide to do a follow-up program. I hope you will! Respectfully, D. Moir
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Austin T.
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07/17/20
BUY IT!
Review by Austin T. on 07/17/20 review stating BUY IT!
PBS did an excellent job as usual! As a child of a polio survior (msp) the story shown was one that I heard growing up. As I watched the documentary I called my mother and we began discussing it as I watched it.
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Donnafonna
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Polio Crusade
Review by Donnafonna on 07/17/20 review stating Polio Crusade
Fascinating and so well done as so many of the PBS documentaries.
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Russ
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Goodbye Polio
Review by Russ on 07/17/20 review stating Goodbye Polio
Excellant - Should have finished with te present situation of Rotary partners close to eradicating the disease worlwide.
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Pondman
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Really holds your attention
Review by Pondman on 07/17/20 review stating Really holds your attention
As a polio survivor(1953) I Learned just how much terror this virus caused and the desire to do whatever to halt its spread.


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