Splendid Solution: Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio

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In medical school when Franklin Delano Roosevelt was diagnosed with the disease shortly before assuming the Presidency, Salk was given an impetus to conduct studies on polio. His progress in combating the virus was hindered by the politics of medicine and by a rival researcher determined to discredit his proposed solution. But Salk's perseverance made history-and for more than fifty years his vaccine has saved countless lives, bringing humanity close to eradicating polio throughout the world.

Splendid Solution chronicles Dr. Salk's race against time-and a growing epidemic that reached 57,000 reported cases in the summer of 1952-to achieve an unparalleled medical breakthrough that made him a cultural hero and icon for a whole generation.

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The story of the development of the polio injected vaccine. It's also the back story of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (NFIP), which took off due to Roosevelt's contracting the ... Read full review

SPLENDID SOLUTION: Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio

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A mighty medical event occurred half a century ago, when the curse of polio—of youthful paralysis and suffocating death—was conquered. It was then that the vaccine developed by Dr. Salk was ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
7
Section 3
25
Section 4
51
Section 5
57
Section 6
78
Section 7
86
Section 8
106
Section 15
184
Section 16
203
Section 17
207
Section 18
225
Section 19
239
Section 20
258
Section 21
275
Section 22
300

Section 9
111
Section 10
127
Section 11
130
Section 12
148
Section 13
160
Section 14
181
Section 23
313
Section 24
321
Section 25
325
Section 26
359
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About the author (2006)

Jeffrey Kluger is a senior editor and writer at Time magazine. He is a coauthor of the bestseller Apollo 13 and the author of Simplexity, Splendid Solution, Moon Hunters, and two novels for young adults. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughters.

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