Jeremiah Milbank of New York in 1928 wished to contribute something as a layman to the battle against poliomyelitis. After conferences with men eminently qualified to advise and plan, the International Committee for the study of Infantile Paralysis was organized, with Dr. William H. Park as chairman. Its membership was made up of the heads of the medical departments of a number of universities and laboratories here and abroad, each of whom would be free to choose those phases of the problem in which he was most interested, but all cooperating in an effort to have the sum of their work broadly inclusive of the whole field of research in this disease. Mr. Milbank's personal interest in the work was sustained and sincere, and his financial contributions over a four year period totaled $280,000.
The present volume summarizes all the important work done on poliomyelitis. About 8,000 references were consulted,