NO TIME FOR TEARS by Charles . Andrews
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A direct and moving account of one family's fight to save their child which has been written- with other parents in mind-to obviate against the paralysis of fear as well as the paralysis of the body which has become synonomous with poliomyelitis. And there's drama as well as the fervor of faith in the story of the Andersons' neversay-die vigil at the bedside of their boy, Chuck, 10, who was stricken with bulbar polio and whose doctor didn't give him a chance in a thousand. From the initial tracheotomy which was performed, to the iron lung and the importation of a new device-a positive pressure system without which he would not have lived, this follows the day by day wait from condition unchanged to condition altered, the assurance of the Andersons in spite of the setbacks which were forecast- and which occurred, the long convalescence and the many weeks of confinement in the iron lung, the later therapy and the determined nurse who would not accept the verdict of a useless arm and a crippled spine, and finally the return home. The attitude of these parents, who would not allow self-pity or special privilege to further cripple their boy, and of the boy- a wonderful youngster-, gives this its emotional impetus as well as inspiration. There will be a foreword by Eleanor Roosevelt and an introduction by Governor Earl Warren- and the book should have something of the audience of John Gunther's Death Be Not Proud.

Pub Date: Dec. 27th, 1951
Publisher: Doubleday