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Polio : an American story

Author: David M Oshinsky
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
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[This book] tells the ... 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 vaccines--and beyond.-Dust jacket.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Oshinsky, David M., 1944-
Polio.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005
(OCoLC)607666698
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David M Oshinsky
ISBN: 0195152948 9780195152944 9780195307146 0195307143
OCLC Number: 56834404
Awards: Pulitzer Prize, History, 2006.
Description: 342, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The first epidemics --
Warm Springs --
"Cripples' money" --
"And they shall walk" --
Poster children, marching mothers --
The apprenticeship of Jonas Salk --
Pathway to a vaccine --
The starting line --
Seeing beyond the microscope --
"Plague season" --
The rivals --
"The biggest public health experiment ever" --
The Cutter fiasco --
Mission to Moscow --
Sabin Sundays --
Celebrities and survivors.
Responsibility: David M. Oshinsky.
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The gripping story of the 1950s polio scare and of the intense-and intensely bitter-competition to find the first vaccine.  Read more...

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"As we live through modern-day epidemics like AIDS and SARS, David Oshinsky's compelling Polio reminds us that the struggle is over more than a disease. In this riveting story of America's battle Read more...

 
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Good read, not difficult, not intellectually challenging

by vleighton (WorldCat user published 2007-11-30) Good Permalink
This book is a good popular science history book. It recounts the efforts in the 20th century to discover the causes and find a vaccine for polio. It highlights the way in which the campaign against polio was undertaken in a particularly American way. It is a synthesis of a social history and a great...
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