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Interview with Patients

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Interviews with three young people who have been treated at the Sister Elizabeth Kenny Foundation.

The first, a high school freshman named Duke Dixon recovered from polio the previous year through Sister Kinny's treatment methods and at home exercises.

The second, Jack, a air corp pilot, had polio while in high school and recovered after only 6 weeks of treatment with no lasting effects.

Finally, Kathy Olivera, a 29 year old mother of 6 discusses her 3 months of treatment at the Foundation and her quick recovery.



Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 69708
Municipal archives id: LT724

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A drama about polio (circa 1940s) focusing on symptoms, illness, and eradication efforts from the Sister Elizabeth Kenny Foundation.

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An undated series of radio dramas depicting the patients who have found successful treatment of polio at the Sister Elizabeth Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. In addition are interviews with real patients and fundraising programs. Today, polio is near eradicated thanks to effective vaccine programs in the majority of the world. 

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