Polio An American Story

ISBN-10: 0195307143

ISBN-13: 9780195307146

Edition: 2006

Authors: David M. Oshinsky

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Here David Oshinsky tells the gripping story of the polio terror and of the intense effort to find a cure, from the March of Dimes to the discovery of the Salk and Sabin vaccines--and beyond. Drawing on newly available papers of Jonas Salk, Albert Sabin and other key players, Oshinsky paints a suspenseful portrait of the race for the cure, weaving a dramatic tale centered on the furious rivalry between Salk and Sabin. He also tells the story of Isabel Morgan, perhaps the most talented of all polio researchers, who might have beaten Salk to the prize if she had not retired to raise a family. Oshinsky offers an insightful look at the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, which was founded in the 1930s by FDR and Basil O'Connor, it revolutionized fundraising and the perception of disease in America. Oshinsky also shows how the polio experience revolutionized the way in which the government licensed and tested new drugs before allowing them on the market, and the way in which the legal system dealt with manufacturers' liability for unsafe products. Finally, and perhaps most tellingly, Oshinsky reveals that polio was never the raging epidemic portrayed by the media, but in truth a relatively uncommon disease. But in baby-booming America--increasingly suburban, family-oriented, and hygiene-obsessed--the specter of polio, like the specter of the atomic bomb, soon became a cloud of terror over daily life. Both a gripping scientific suspense story and a provocative social and cultural history, Polio opens a fresh window onto postwar America.
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

He is also an associate editor of the American National Biography. Oshinsky writes about the brutality of penitentiary life in his book, Worse Than Slavery: Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow Justice. He earned a Senior Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities and an appointment as Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Texas, Austin for his work on the penitentiary project. Oshinsky also received the 17th Annual Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for his novel.

Introduction
The First Epidemics
Warm Springs
"Cripples' Money"
"And They Shall Walk"
Poster Children, Marching Mothers
The Apprenticeship of Jonas Salk
Pathway to a Vaccine
The Starting Line
Seeing Beyond the Microscope
"Plague Season"
The Rivals
"The Biggest Public Health Experiment Ever"
The Cutter Fiasco
Mission to Moscow
Sabin Sundays
Celebrities and Survivors
Epilogue
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index
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