1937 Poliomyelitis Strikes!

  • Nurse and Doctor Visiting Child in Iron Lung

    Polio Takes a Terrible Toll on Children and Their Families

    June 10, 1937 was not a day like any other. It marked the first case of poliomyelitis (infantile paralysis) diagnosed that year in the City of Toronto. Before the Toronto Star newspaper reported on October 30 that the outbreak had finally diminished, 758 cases had been diagnosed, countless were crippled or otherwise debilitated and 31 victims had died. In an unprecedented response, the schools, scheduled to open on September 1, remained closed until October 7.

    Photographer unknown

    Black and white photograph


    Black and white photo of nurse and doctor visiting polio victim child in iron lung.