Obsessively self-reliant Dr. Robert Parker faces an uncertain future and an extended period of reliance on an iron lung (and on other people) after he contracts a case of polio.

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Dr. Robert Alan Parker
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Catherine Parker
Danny Dayton ...
Dr. Lusk (as Dan Dayton)
Simon Scott ...
Dr. Qualen
Jean Engstrom ...
Blakeney
Roy Glenn ...
Wright
Richard Nelson ...
Cliffton
Elizabeth Eden ...
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Jack Gardner ...
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Ruth Ackley ...
(as Ruth Ackley R.N.)
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Obsessively self-reliant Dr. Robert Parker faces an uncertain future and an extended period of reliance on an iron lung (and on other people) after he contracts a case of polio.

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24 January 1955 (USA)  »

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Show aired originally on Jan. 24 1955.. few months later on April 12 1955 test results of the successful Salk Vaccine were announced. Virtually eliminating the dreadful disease of Polio. See more »

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Dr. Konrad Styner: You have witnessed the treatment of the disease in its acute form. Actually, few polio victims suffer permanent disability. An extremely small percentage die. Although to date there is no cure, poliomyelitis will eventually be conquered. For any needless death represents defeat to a profession dedicated to life.
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Historical Insight into Ravages of Polio
19 September 2014 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Polio was very much of a scourge at the time of this episode. The 30-minutes focuses on adjusting to the incapacities that the disease causes. We get a sense of confinement when the camera remains within the hospital wardroom with patients lined up inside their iron lungs. There's byplay between the patients, as the newly arrived Parker (Stevens) can't adjust to his new dependency on the breathing machine. Except for the byplay the dialog is pretty clinical, going through therapeutic measures to help the patients. As usual, the acting is excellent, while the human interest keeps viewers riveted, despite general lack of action.

If I recall correctly, it was ironically only several months after this January, 1955, release that the public learned of the new Salk anti-Polio Vaccine. And what a tremendous release that was for us teenagers, who lived in fear every summer of contracting the disease. Thankfully, the virus has almost disappeared over the past 60-years, but it was a real factor for older generations, while this episode effectively revisits some of those realities.


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