Before the Vaccines: Medical Treatments of Acute Paralysis in the 1916 New York Epidemic of Poliomyelitis
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2014
First Page: 144
Last Page: 147
Publisher ID: TOMICROJ-8-144
Article History:Received Date: 21/8/2014
Revision Received Date: 23/9/2014
Acceptance Date: 26/10/2014
Electronic publication date: 12 /12/2014
Collection year: 2014
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Hospitals in New York were overwhelmed by the epidemic. With nothing known about the virus, most cases were treated with traditional or symptomatic remedies. New treatments were made though unsuccessful. Serum from various sources was given although it was many years before this was found to be ineffectual. Lumbar puncture was made, sometimes with additions. Although this became standard treatment, there were some who thought it was harmful. Many histories of polio ignore treatment.