CBC Digital Archives

Polio: Combating the Crippler

Polio quietly preyed on thousands of young Canadians. The disease caused paralysis, deformed limbs and in the most severe cases, death by asphyxiation. In Canada, polio was so feared that as recently as the 1950s, it closed schools, emptied streets and banned children under 16 from entering churches and theatres. In 1955 it looked as though a miraculous polio vaccine signalled an end to new cases of the crippling disease. But a recent medical condition known as post-polio syndrome has survivors reliving the sequel to this once-forgotten nightmare.

Browse the menu at right to discover TV and radio clips from the CBC Digital Archives topic Polio: Combating the Crippler.

Last updated: May 6, 2014

Page consulted on September 10, 2014

All Clips from this Topic

Related Content

What's Eating Canada's Trees?

It begins as a tiny stowaway on a crate from Europe or Asia, a relocated piece of firewood, or...

The Early Years of the AIDS Crisis

In the early 1980s doctors began noticing rare cancers and infections striking otherwise healt...

1985: Canadian Red Cross begins testing blood...

Every drop of donated blood will be tested for HIV. But that's too late for those already infe...

2000: The Love Bug virus cripples computers a...

A potent e-mail worms its way through e-mail inboxes, causing massive damage along the way.

1995: Bouchard returns to work after losing l...

Almost three months after a near fatal brush with flesh-eating disease, the leader of the Bloc...