Polio and the dawn of modern medicine
Intensive Care Units and mechanical ventilation are at the foundation of modern medical care. The origins of these two innovations are in the polio epidemic of the 1950’s. On The Point, we talk with Dr. Hannah Wunsch about the polio epidemic and the evolution of modern rehabilitation medicine. She’s a Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Toronto, and author of the new book The Autumn Ghost.