I replied, "Writing about polio," and he asked, "What is polio?"
After Caesar's victory at the battle of Munda (45), in which he took no actual part, he abandoned Corduba (Cordova), though for a time he held his ground in the south, and defeated Asinius Polio, the governor of the province.
Their veracity was impeached in ancient times by Asinius Polio and has often been called in question by modern critics.
With a grant from the National Foundation for Infant Paralysis, he went to work on a polio vaccine.
This goal is within our grasp—and with the vaccine presently priced at about thirty cents a child, shame on us for not ending polio once and for all.
We can draw lessons and encouragement from the histories of polio and smallpox, on several counts.
During his campaign and his time in office, the extent of the effect of his polio was kept from the public, but the fact he had the disease was commonly known.
In the eradication of smallpox, as in the near-elimination of polio, I find both fascinating lessons of history and enormous reason for hope.
In addition, images engraved in walls of what appear to be people infected with polio are found in Egypt dating back to at least 1400 BC.
I think that is the case with polio and smallpox, which means they weren't eliminated because they were easy, but because they were awful.
If the smallpox and polio successes were achieved in a low-tech world, think how much more we can accomplish with vastly improved tools, infrastructure, and communication.
Dialysis came a few years later, then chemotherapy, then the defibrillator, then the polio vaccine; then came cloning, then a kidney transplant.