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Set in 1955 against the backdrop of the polio epidemic in the period just before Jonas Salk's vaccine, the story follows three "polios" - Dickie, Carolyn, and Chip-as their once-lithe bodies deteriorate in iron lungs in a polio ward.
Rare and endangered species found in this ecoregion include California condor (Gymnogyps californianus), hoary elfin butterfly (Incisalia polios obscurus), North Pacific plantain (Plantago macrocarpa), and possibly the Pacific fisher (Martes pennanti).
The polios can't stand the cerebral palsies, the cerebral palsies snub the birth defects and all three hate the retardeds.
The scientific name, "Poliomyelitis," is derived from the Greek words: polios, grey and myleos, marrow; for its chief feature is a softening of the grey spinal marrow.
Some polios, as survivors call themselves, say that post-polio has refocused their minds on how the virus shaped their lives - and sharpened their bittersweet memories.
If there were no other intereft in the Church but that of Jefus Chrift, all the Faithful would wait in peace for the events marked out by Providence, without engag - ing warmly either for Cephas pr A polios.