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‘Do not eat those apples; they’ve been on the ground!’: – polio epidemics and preventive measures, Sweden 1880s-1940s
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Sami Research. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Population Studies (CPS).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3880-2135
2009 (English)In: Asclepio. Revista de Historia de la Medicina y de la Ciencia, ISSN 0210-4466, Vol. 51, no 1, 23-37 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article addresses how Swedish scientists, physicians and public health officers tried to combat the polio epidemics in the pre-vaccine era. It shows that once polio was considered as an epidemic disease the preventive measures used were based on the hindrance of other infectious diseases. It also illustrates how epidemiological and laboratory studies to some degree affected the thoughts of how polio should be prevented, and that Swedish ideas and experiences differed fromthose put forward in the USA.

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2009. Vol. 51, no 1, 23-37 p.
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Polio epidemics, Preventive measures, Sweden 20th century, Medical History
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History History
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-22684OAI: diva2:217615
Available from: 2009-05-15 Created: 2009-05-15 Last updated: 2016-03-22

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