A Study of the Orthopedic Unit of Saint Agnes Hospital, White Plains, 1908–1950
In New York City for the year 1944, the incidence of cerebral palsy as a cause of orthopedic deformities, rated second place with the high rate of 10%. Of a total of 17,578 cases registered that year, 1,819 were cerebral palsy. Which disease was the top-rating cause of orthopedic deformities comprising 3,914 of that year’s total? Polio. Polio. Just a single five-lettered word, but it is enough to alert a nation, Each year it hangs over us like an ominous cloud. Recently, the old familiar epidemic pattern that the health authorities had come to expect, has changed. When the first rumbles of the brewing storm are heard, the nation makes ready for no pin-point attack but a barrage akin to "saturation". What happens to these victims of Palsy and Polio? Who cares for them? The answer lies in the many hospitals in the many communities in the nation.
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Fay, Sister Mary Monica Denise, "A Study of the Orthopedic Unit of Saint Agnes Hospital, White Plains, 1908–1950" (1951). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30670796.