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In August 1921, Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945) was stricken with poliomyelitis, then also referred to as “infantile paralysis.” Afterward, he made a courageous, lifetime effort to overcome the ravages of the disease. In time, he helped create a foundation to help other polio victims, and he inspired, as well as directed, the March of Dimes program that eventually funded an effective polio vaccine.

Retrospectoscope: Did FDR Have Polio or Polyneuropathy?