Polio

Polio

An American Story

Book - 2005
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Drawing on newly available papers of Jonas Salk, Albert Sabin and other key players, Oshinsky paints a remarkable portrait of America in the early 1950s, using the widespread panic over polio to shed light on our national obsessions and fears.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2005
ISBN: 0195152948 (alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 614.549097 OSH
Characteristics: viii, 342 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm

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ranvapa
Feb 11, 2018

A really great book about the history of the getting to the polio vaccine. An enlightening story about the motivations of the key players and the fears of the public. Reads like a novel.

Would have liked some more detail on virus preparation and risks, and the impact of polio and the program to vaccinate on less advantaged populations.

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ba_library
Jun 03, 2016

Interesting history of the polio vaccine. Much of the book surrounded the various researchers and their methods and egos. Having finished it, I now want to know what causes it? Why did it predominately affect young children? Why did polio season occur in the summer?

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Cabby
Dec 06, 2007

Winner of the 2006 Pulitzer prize for history.

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Mar 17, 2018

ranvapa thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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