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International Rehabilitation Center for Polio 'Polio Voices' Oral History Collection 1936-2006 (bulk 2003-2006)
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Collection Scope and Content Note


Audio tapes, transcribed interviews, notes and photographs document the experiences of polio survivors, family members, healthcare professionals and others interviewed by Julie Silver as part of the International Rehabilitation Center for Polio's 'Polio Voices' Oral History Project. The project was conducted through Center's Spaulding Outpatient Center, Framingham, MA. The compiled information was largely used for the book Polio Voices: An Oral History from the American Polio Epidemics and Worldwide Eradication Efforts by Julie K. Silver and Daniel Wilson.

Word processing files exist for the majority of the transcripts along with audiocasette recordings.

Most of the interviews have releases that indicate the interviewee assented to having the transcripts used without restriction by third-parties after the book was published. In addition many of the patient's names and verbatim extracts of the interviews were published in the book. For these reasons there are no access restrictions on these interviews. Other interviews lacking releases or have releases without specific verbage about assenting to third-party use are PHI-restricted.

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