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Limping through life : a farm boy's polio memoir

Author: Jerold W Apps
Publisher: Madison, WI : Wisconsin Historical Society Press, ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Polio was epidemic in the United States starting in 1916. By the 1930s, quarantines and school closings were becoming common, as isolation was one of the only ways to fight the disease. The Sauk vaccine was not available until 1955; in that year, Wisconsin's Fox River valley had more polio cases per capita than anywhere in the United States. In his most personal book, Jerry Apps, who contracted polio at age twelve,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Jerold W Apps; Jerold W Apps
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jerold W Apps
ISBN: 9780870205804 0870205803
OCLC Number: 813413466
Description: x, 235 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Preface --
First symptoms --
Bad news --
Recuperation --
Physical therapy --
Tractor challenge --
Return to school --
Softball --
County exams --
Eighth grade graduation --
Catechism --
Stormy --
Wild Rose High --
The rose-bud --
Mr. Wright --
Good news --
New student week --
First semester --
Paying my way --
Sophomore year --
Final university years --
Waiting to serve --
Becoming a writer --
Afterword.
Responsibility: Jerry Apps.

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Polio was epidemic in the United States starting in 1916. By the 1930s, quarantines and school closings were becoming common, as isolation was one of the only ways to fight the disease. The Sauk vaccine was not available until 1955; in that year, Wisconsin's Fox River valley had more polio cases per capita than anywhere in the United States. In his most personal book, Jerry Apps, who contracted polio at age twelve, reveals how the disease affected him physically and emotionally, profoundly influencing his education, military service, and family life and setting him on the path to becoming a professional writer. A hardworking farm kid who loved playing softball, young Jerry Apps would have to make many adjustments and meet many challenges after that winter night he was stricken with a debilitating, sometimes fatal illness. In Limping through Life he explores the ways his world changed after polio and pays tribute to those family members, teachers, and friends who helped him along the way.

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