Jonas Salk : a life (Book, 2018) []
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Jonas Salk : a life

Jonas Salk : a life

Author: Charlotte Jacobs
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2018] ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
"When a waiting world learned on April 12, 1955, that Jonas Salk had successfully created a vaccine to prevent poliomyelitis, he became a hero overnight. Born in a New York tenement, humble in manner, Salk had all the makings of a twentieth-century icon-a knight in a white coat. In the wake of his achievement, he received a staggering number of awards and honors; for years his name ranked with Gandhi and Churchill

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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Jonas Salk; Jonas Salk; Jonas Salk
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charlotte Jacobs
ISBN: 9780199334414 0199334412 9780190679163 0190679166
OCLC Number: 1044915817
Awards: Winner of PROSE Awards 2016 - Honorable Mention: Biography.
Description: x, 559 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue: Two plagues --
Born to serve --
Finding his place --
A wedding and a war --
Joining the fight against influenza --
Vaccine neophyte --
Pittsburgh's virgin territory --
Polio --
The chosen --
Ready to run --
Research sub rosa --
Out of his hands --
The world's largest clinical trial --
Relief from fear --
The Cutter affair --
Fame and its consequences --
Act II --
Two cultures under one roof --
The price of a masterpiece --
Seeking Shangri-La --
A troubled marriage --
Harnessing the immune system --
A most unusual arrangement --
Salk unfolding --
Fall from grace --
Final fling --
Marginalized --
The swine flu snafu --
Return to the polio vaccine controversy --
A Trojan horse --
Disciples, sycophants, and lovers --
AIDS: Salk's next mountain --
Responsibility: Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs.


The first full biography of Jonas Salk offers a complete picture of the enigmatic figure, from his early years working on an influenza vaccine-for which he never fully got credit-to his seminal  Read more...


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Chosen as New York Times Book Review "100 Notable Books of 2015" This is science writing at its best." - New York Times Book Review ...[R]emarkable, warts-and-all biography... sweeping and Read more...

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