This page will list books written about polio.


If you are unable to purchase a book, call your local public library and request that they purchase it for circulation.

Note: All prices are subject to tax and shipping.


The following books can be purchased at

        Polio:  An American Story by David M. Oshinsky
***Winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in History***
Published by Oxford University Press; $18.90

        Living with Polio:  The Epidemic and Its Survivors
By Daniel J. Wilson; $18.27

        Splendid Solution:  Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio
By Jeffrey Kluger; $10.38

        Polio and Its Aftermath:  The Paralysis of Culture
By Marc Shell; $30.77

        Walking Fingers:  The Story of Polio and Those Who Lived It
By Helen DíOrazio; $12.32

        Polio:  A Dose of the Refinerís Fire:  Surviving Polio
By Jeane Curey Dille; $12.95

        The Cutter Incident:  How Americaís First Polio Vaccine Led to the Growing Vaccine Crisis
By Paul A. Offit, MD, Yale University Press; $27.50

        Chronic Pain and the Family:  A New Guide by Julie K. Silver
Harvard University Press; $11.48

        Lucky One:  Making It Past Polio and Despair by Richard Maus
Anterior Publishing; $19.95

        Disease: A Personal and Cultural History of Polio by Anne Finger.
Through the eyes of a polio survivor, this book focuses on the experience of people who had the disease, and explores discrimination; the disability rights movement and casts a critical eye on medical treatment.
St,. Martin's Press; $17.91; Can also be purchased online at

        Warm Springs:  Traces of a Childhood at FDRís Polio Haven by Susan Richards Shreve.  A memoir of an era by a patient at Warm Springs at the height of the polio epidemic.  Haughton Mifflin Press; $16.32.



Other books available:

       The Post-Polio Experience:  Psychological Insights and Coping Strategies for Polio Survivors and Their Families by  Margaret E. Backman, Ph.D.  Dr. Backman examines polio survivorsí psychological reactions to their earlier experiences and to their current struggles with the late effects of polio.  The book also includes a practical guide for coping with the emotional aspects of PPS.
an be purchased online, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble bookstores or by calling 1-800-288-4677, Ext. 501; $18.95.

        Through the Storm:  A Polio Story by Robert F. Hall
Beaverís Pond Press
Can be purchased online; $13.95.

        Sucking Air:  Doing Wheelies:  Memories of a Fifties Polio Survivor by Robert Mauro
Can be purchased online; $29.95.

        Behind Enemy Lines:  A Memoir by John Durand
Can be purchased online; $15.95.

        The Fortune Tellerís Kiss by Brenda Serotte
University of Nebraska Press; $26.95
Can be purchased online; $15.95.

        Managing Post-Polio by Lauro Halstead, M.D.
NRh Press; $13.95 - completely revised and updated edition with emphasis on aging
Can be purchased online or by calling LaShonne Williams-Fraley at 202 877 1010.

        Love, War, & Polio: The Life and Times of Young Bill Porteous
Can be purchased online; $18.00.





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