Arriving for Polio Treatment

Arriving for Polio Treatment

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Details

Location

Aldergrove Airport

Year

1965

Date

Production 21/01/1965

Length

01min 29sec

Audio

mute, sound

Format

16mm

black and white

Source

Funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland under the Archiving Scheme 2

Courtesy

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Department for Communities, ITV, UTV Archive

Rights Holder

ITV

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Description

A little girl from Pakistan arrives in Belfast. She has contracted polio. Jimmy Robinson talks to Mr Harold Rankin, the Social Welfare Officer for the Polio Fellowship. She has been brought to Belfast to be treated by Professor George Dick and Mr Rankin is hopeful she can be helped. 

Notes

Professor George Dick was a physician and virologist. In 1955, he was appointed to the Chair of Microbiology at Queen's University, Belfast. His work there was considerable, including research into poliomyelitis, whooping cough, smallpox, multiple sclerosis, measles, and panencephalitis, a postinfectious neurologic complication of measles. But it was especially for his work on poliomyelitis and smallpox that Dick became internationally as well as nationally renowned. His principal legacy to Queen's University as an institution, and to Northern Ireland medicine and healthcare, was probably his leading role in the establishment of a Virus Reference Laboratory in the Department of Microbiology in 1957. 

Credits

An Ulster Television Production.

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