Splendid Solution

Splendid Solution

by Jeffrey Kluger


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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 Solution chronicles 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.

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ISBN-13: 9780425205709
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/07/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jeffrey Klugeris a senior writer at Time. Coauthor of Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13, which was the basis for the movie Apollo 13, he is also the author of Moon Hunters: NASA's Remarkable Expeditions to the Ends of the Solar System.

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mckait on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What stood out to me, while reading this book was the character of the man, Jonas Salk. Not only was he a genius, but he was a true humanitarian, as well. There is no indication whatsoeverthat he was looking to make money for himself. He spent countless hours looking for a solution to this hellish epidemic. He did his research in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania surrounded by the finest men and women in the scientific community. Astoundingly, their dedication was as profound as his own. The people injected first themselves, and in the case of Jonas Salk, his family with the vaccine when he was first satisfied with its effectiveness and safety. What drew me to read this book was Salks work at the Watson Home for Crippled children. I have reason to be interested in that facility, which is no more. The Watson facility is now a Health South rehab hospital. There is now a Watson umbrella that encompasses several educational facilities for children with different types of special needs . I found that i was so much more interested in the man as I read.This is not a read for everyone, but perhaps if you know someone who was affected by this disease before Salk's vaccine was able to make it a part of history, instead of current reality, you might want to read it. If you enjoy reading about great humanitarians, by all means, read this book. If you never feel compelled to read it, take a moment to silently give honor to a good, truly good man.
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