School Library JournalGr 4-6-Like other biographers of this esteemed medical researcher, much of the authors' task is to describe the horror of poliomyelitis and the effects of itsepidemics to an audience that will have little knowledge of the disease itself thanks in large part to Salk's work. In this case, the biography includes so much information about the disease, microbiology, and immunology that the first five or so pages of text (out of about 35) are so dense in content that younger readers may have trouble finding the book's subject. The last third of the text holds tighter focus on Salk including his professional disagreement with Albert Sabin and his reputation as a prickly character. Black-and-white photographs of Salk, his family and colleagues, and polio victims are included. For some reason the pronunciation is given for the word microorganism but not for placebo, paralysis, antibodies, embryo, vaccination, names of scientists, and even poliomyelitis. Still, the book will be useful for report writers where biographies such as Marjorie Curson's Jonas Salk (Silver Burdett, 1990; o.p.) are not available.-Sue Sherif, Alaska State Library, Anchorage Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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