on 16 August 2001
This book was not intended to be a comprehensive description for the health service professional, but a guide for polio survivors and their families (as set out in the subtitle for the book). In this, it achieves much for it's intended readership. As a polio survivor and a layman, I have found it to be a welcome incursion into the veritable vacuum of available knowledge on this subject at this level in the UK. Due to the book's origin across the Atlantic, in the USA, it has some expected irrelevancies for other nationals, especially regarding benefit systems. But, this minor criticism withstanding, it has provided valuable up-to-date advice to me, my physiotherapist and to my wife in managing what may be the late effects of polio. As I wait for further diagnostic elimination tests and management advice from medical consultants this book is, I find, complementing the advice being given to me by the health care professionals. The Author explains the personal reasons why she has taken the pains to write this book and how polio affected her family and her life. With this perspective and the impetus to help others in similar circumstances, the advice is given in a personal manner. My recommendation is, if you or a close family member has suffered polio (even though it is thought that recovery from the disease has been complete); check this book out. It could make a difference worth the price of this book many times over.