Dancing in My Dreams: Confronting the Spectre of Polio

Author(s): Kerry Highley


Across most of the world, an entire generation has lived free from the spectre of polio, but for fifty years during the twentieth century that fear was overwhelming. Dancing in My Dreams investigates the disease of polio and its treatment over a long period, the scientific endeavour that led to the discovery of the poliovirus, and the early studies in virology and immunology that culminated in the production of a polio vaccine. For the first time, in a history of this disease, the voice of the polio survivor can also be clearly heard.


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Kerry Highley worked in medical laboratory science for many years before returning to University in 2000 to study history. In 2009 she received her PhD in the History of Medicine from the Australian National University for her thesis on the polio epidemics in Australia. While at the ANU, she tutored in Second World War studies and the History of Terrorism, and retired in 2011 to work on Dancing in My Dreams. Apart from polio, her research interests include the history of the Australian Army Medical Corps in the First World War.

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  • : 9781922235848
  • : Monash University Publishing
  • : Monash University Publishing
  • : 0.367
  • : October 2015
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : Australia
  • : November 2015
  • : books

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  • : Kerry Highley
  • : Paperback
  • : 616.835092
  • : 240
  • : 20 images