Case 2 Reemergence of the Repressed (Postpolio)

  • Margaret E. Backman


Elise was one of those unfortunate enough to have contracted polio during the epidemic in the early 1950s. She was fortunate, however, that she was left with no obvious disability, except some muscle weakness. Now, 30 years later, at the age of 43, Elise began to experience increasing muscle weakness, pain in her joints, and a general aching in her body, not unlike the flu. The polio had left her with a mild scoliosis, and the weakening muscles were unable to prevent the gradually increasing curvature of the spine that threatened to crush her heart and lungs.


Painful Degenerative Joint Disease Polio Case Protective Power Mild Scoliosis Polio Survivor 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Margaret E. Backman
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    • 2
  1. 1.Office of Health ServicesBarnard College, Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryNew York University Medical CenterNew YorkUSA

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