Splendid Solution

Splendid Solution

Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio

Book - 2004
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Kluger reveals the thrilling story of Jonas Salk's quest to conquer polio in this medical adventure full of rivalries and last minute reversals that culminated in one of the greatest accomplishments of the 20th century.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2004
ISBN: 0399152164 (acid-free paper)
Branch Call Number: B SALK
Characteristics: 373 p. : ill. ; 24 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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