Splendid Solution Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio

ISBN-10: 0425205703
ISBN-13: 9780425205709
Edition: N/A
Authors: Jeffrey Kluger
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Description: Jonas Salk was born shortly before one of the worst polio epidemics in United States history. In medical school when Franklin Delano Roosevelt was diagnosed with the disease shortly before assuming the Presidency, Salk was given an impetus to  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/7/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Jonas Salk was born shortly before one of the worst polio epidemics in United States history. 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 Solutionchronicles 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.

Jeffrey Kluger is a senior editor at TIME magazine, where he has worked since 1996. In 1994, he co-authored Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13, which was the basis for the Tom Hanks film Apollo 13 . His book about Jonas Salk and the Polio vaccine, Splendid Solution, was published in 2006. Three years later, he published Simplexity: Why Simple Things Become Complex (and Why Complex Things Can Be Made Simple) . His latest book, The Sibling Effect , came out in 2011.

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