The Broken Boy: A Memoir Of Growing Up With Polio In Ireland by Patrick CockburnThe Broken Boy: A Memoir Of Growing Up With Polio In Ireland by Patrick Cockburn

The Broken Boy: A Memoir Of Growing Up With Polio In Ireland

byPatrick Cockburn

Paperback | July 12, 2019

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It is very easy to get polio. The celebrated Middle East correspondent Patrick Cockburn was just six years old when he woke up one day in the summer of 1956 with a headache and a sore throat. His parents, Claud and Patricia Cockburn, had recently returned to Ireland, to their house in East Cork, careless of the fact that a polio epidemic had broken out in Cork City. Cockburn caught the disease and was taken to the fever hospital where, alone for the first time in his life, he was keptin isolation. The virus attacks the nerves of the brain and the spinal cord leading to paralysis of the muscles. Patrick could no longer walk.The Broken Boy is at once a memoir of Patrick Cockburn's own experience of polio, a portrait of his parents, both prominent radicals, and the story of the Cork epidemic, the last great polio epidemic in the world, affecting 50,000 people. This terrible disease always behaved strangely, attacking the middle classes rather than the poor, children rather than adults, and striking fear everywhere.
Patrick Cockburn is currently Middle East correspondent for theIndependent and worked previously for theFinancial Times. He is the authorChaos and Caliphate about the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. He has written four books on Iraq's recent history-The Rise of Islamic State, Muqtada al-Sadr and the Fall of Iraq,The Occupat...
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Title:The Broken Boy: A Memoir Of Growing Up With Polio In IrelandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 7.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:July 12, 2019Publisher:CounterpointLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1944869050

ISBN - 13:9781944869052

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