Dancing in My Dreams, confronting the spectre of polio, by Kerry Highley

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Dancing in My Dreams

Dancing in My Dreams is not the first book I’ve come across that betrays its origins as a PhD.  This study of polio epidemics in Australia and overseas, the controversy over treatment methods and the eventual development of a vaccine has some interesting points to make, but it is weighed down by the writing style, referencing and repetition which makes the book a bit of a plod to read.

Anyway…

For most Australians, polio is a disease that happens overseas, in places like Afghanistan, Africa and Pakistan.  It’s not a problem here, they think.  Which is why I’m going to begin with a quotation from the final chapter:

A 2003 NSW Public health report concluded that although there had been an improvement in immunisation coverage, in an area in northern New South Wales around Lismore and Byron Bay the level of conscientious objection to immunisation was high enough to allow…

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