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The Polio Crusade

The Polio Crusade

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The Polio Crusade

In the summer of 1950 Wytheville, VA realized the nation's worst medical fears. An outbreak of Infantile Paralysis, commonly known as Polio, swept through a small town of 5,500 in which 40 percent of residents had not yet reached their eighteenth birthday. Highly contagious, just in time for summer vacation, the devastating neurodegenerative disease had chosen its next target.
S21 E2 Length 52:10 Premiere: 3.31.20

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Season 21

The Polio Crusade

S21 E2 Length 52:10 Premiere Date 3.31.20

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