Google is not up for a usual April fool’s day Shenanigans today. Google front page is showing the image of Polio researcher Dame Jean Macnamara to celebrate his life as a hardworking polio researcher.
On April 1st, 1899, Annie Jean Macnamara later the Dame title given to her was born in Victoria, Australia, graduated from the University of Melbourne at age 23 with a doctorate in medicine and joined Royal Children’s Hospital, that year polio outbreak occurs.
At that time, still, polio was a most feared virus that infected the spinal cord of a person this causing paralysis and at times death in children and those who manage to survive were disabled for the rest of their lives.
During Dame Jean Macnamara’s time in hospital she teams up with his university classmate and Macfarlane Burnet who will be the Nobel prize winner, that team verified that there is more than one strain of the poliovirus, findings that proved valuable in the progress of the Salk vaccine in 1955.
She continued her studies on polio while visiting clinics and research institutions in the US and also in Europe, she was interested in physical treatments for polio, particularly the use of splints to restrain the patient’s paralyzed limbs until the broken nerve recovers. She spent the rest of her life working on polio patients, during this time she was developing restraining devices with a splint maker.
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On her efforts on Poliovirus, Jean Macnamara was selected as a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 1935. She died in 1969 at the age of 69 due to heart disease.