Paralyzing Fear: The Story of Polio in America Poster

Release Date: 1998

DVD Release Date: February 22nd, 2005

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 30 min

Plot Summary
Polio was an unpredictable and devastating disease that once challenged the very fabric of our society. Gripped by fear, fueled by lack of information and armed with ingrained prejudice against the unfamiliar, the American middle class succumbed to a polio hysteria nearly as insidious as the epidemic itself, even as scientists struggled to uncover its true cause. This documentary examines polio's physical and emotional costs and highlights those at the forefront of finding its cure.

Director: Nina Gilden Seavey

Genres: Documentary

Keywords: Fascinating, New York City, 1940s, Quest, Hospital, 1950s