Polio: An American Storyby David M. Oshinsky
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 vaccinesand 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… See more details below
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 vaccinesand 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 Americaincreasingly suburban, family-oriented, and hygiene-obsessedthe 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.
- Oxford University Press, USA
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Table of Contents
|1||The First Epidemics||8|
|4||"And They Shall Walk"||61|
|5||Poster Children, Marching Mothers||79|
|6||The Apprenticeship of Jonas Salk||92|
|7||Pathway to a Vaccine||112|
|8||The Starting Line||128|
|9||Seeing Beyond the Microscope||145|
|12||"The Biggest Public Health Experiment Ever"||188|
|13||The Cutter Fiasco||214|
|14||Mission to Moscow||237|
|16||Celebrities and Survivors||269|
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