The Man He Became
CHAPTER 1 Infection
– July 28, 1921 –
The virus that causes poliomyelitis entered Franklin Roosevelt’s body in the summer of 1921. At the moment of infection he was a famous and vigorous young man on the rise toward national leadership. The virus was small beyond imagining.
Ten more years would go by before the first electron microscopes revealed that the
poliovirus resembles a distant planet inscribed with tiny canyons. The virus is not alive in the...