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Tommy

Monday, January 01, 1900

The exact date of this episode is unknown. We've filled in the date above with a placeholder. What we actually have on record is: 19uu-uu-uu.

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

The story of Tommy, the "boy next door." After a day of baseball he complains of a lack of hunger and tiredness. He is treated at the Kenny Polio Institute in a youth ward. Also description of the Kenny method - passive movement of all muscles.


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 69704
Municipal archives id: LT722

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