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This chapter explores how the development of a successful polio vaccine in the United States depended on a colonial primate trade linking domestic labs to India, Congo, and Puerto Rico. While polio was often figured as a domestic, white disease, emerging forms of scientific medicine posited that the best hope for a cure was in the vivisection of rhesus monkeys from India. Fears about the compromised capacities of immune and nervous systems and the touch of nonhuman primates were depicted in horror films representing polio labs and spinal taps. These images linked fears of medical intervention to concerns that science...

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