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1921

Rockefeller Foundation endows a second and third school of public health in the U.S.- Harvard University and the University of Michigan -and launches an ambitious plan to circle the globe with schools. Spending more than $25 million, RF helps establish schools in Prague, Warsaw, London, Toronto, Copenhagen, Budapest, Oslo, Belgrade, Zagreb, Madrid, Cluj (Romania), Ankara, Sofia, Rome, Tokyo, Athens, Bucharest, Stockholm, Calcutta, Manila, and Såo Paulo.

Infantile paralysis or poliomyelitis (“polio”) is widespread in the summer of 1921. Franklin Roosevelt contracts the disease–his legs are completely and permanently paralyzed.

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