Splendid Solution

Splendid Solution

Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio

Book - 2004
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Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2004.
Edition: 1st large print ed.
ISBN: 9780786273232
Characteristics: 680 p. (large print) : ill. ; 23 cm.


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Aug 15, 2016

I remember lining up in school to get my polio shot, not among the test group, but later in the 1950s. Salk was, even then, a big hero. One boy in my class moved from an area that didn't get the shots, and got a mild case. So did my brother-in-law, who is now, in his late 70s, suffering from post-polio. A former prof told stories of being in an iron lung in the 1940s. All this personal background added to the interest for me in this book. It's a combination of Salk's bio and the science of polio and its conquest, at least in the US. Well and interestingly written. A bit long; could have done with some judicious editing. That's what lost it some stars for me. Still, I'm very glad I read it. Kluger's done his research. Now the same approach Salk used are being applied to other scourges.

Jul 14, 2012

I found this to be an engaging, informative drama. It explains the medical basics of the Salk and Sabin vaccines and their selection or rejection, the scientific community's organization, decision-making, and funding, personalities and their relationships, and the pressures of process of vaccine development.

The audio also brings the listener into the public's side of the epidemic--the polio patients, the parents, the fear, the volunteers.

The reader, Michael Prichard, is one of my favorites.


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