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    DescriptionThe riveting story of one of the greatest scientific accomplishments of the twentieth century, from the coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestseller Apollo 13. With rivalries, reversals, and a race against time, the struggle to eradicate polio is one of the great tales of modern history. It begins with the birth of Jonas Salk, shortly before one of the worst polio epidemics in United States history. At the time, the disease was a terrifying enigma: striking from out of nowhere, it afflicted tens of thousands of children in this country each year and left them-literally overnight-paralyzed, and sometimes at death's door. Salk was in medical school just as a president crippled by the disease, Franklin D. Roosevelt, was taking office-and providing the impetus to the drive for studies on polio. By the early 1950s, Salk had already helped create an influenza vaccine, and was hot on the trail of the polio virus. He was nearly thwarted, though, by the politics of medicine and by a rival researcher eager to discredit his proposed solution. Meanwhile, in 1952, polio was spreading in record numbers, with 57,000 cases in the United States that summer alone. In early 1954, Salk was weighing the possibility of trials of a not-yet-perfected vaccine against-as the summer approached-the prospect of thousands more children being struck down by the disease. The results of the history-making trials were announced at a press conference on April 12, 1955: "The vaccine works." The room-and an entire nation-erupted in cheers for this singular medical achievement. Salk became a cultural hero and icon for a whole generation. Now, at the fiftieth anniversary of the first national vaccination program-and as humanity is tantalizingly close to eradicating polio worldwide-comes this unforgettable chronicle. Salk's work was an unparalleled achievement-and it makes for a magnificent read.


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    Title
    Splendid Solution
    Subtitle
    Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jeffrey Kluger, Narrator Michael Prichard
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 172 mm
    Height: 165 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 162 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781400131495
    ISBN 10: 1400131499
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.6
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 50000
    BIC subject category V2: MBD
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    DC22: B
    LC classification: R
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/20CNTY
    BIC subject category V2: BGT
    BISAC V2.8: BIO017000
    Abridged Dewey: 609
    Ingram Subject Code: JA
    Libri: I-JA
    BISAC V2.8: MED022000, MED022090, MED039000
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Library ed
    Publisher
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    01 April 2005
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    Author Information
    Jeffrey Kluger is a senior editor and writer at "Time" magazine and the coauthor of the bestseller "Apollo 13." Michael Prichard is a professional narrator and stage and film actor who has played several thousand characters during his career. An Audie Award winner, he has recorded well over five hundred books and has earned several "AudioFile" Earphones Awards. Michael was also named a Top Ten Golden Voice by "SmartMoney" magazine.