The Life of Jonas Salk, the Man Who Conquered Polio

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In April 1955, the world rejoiced as researcher Jonas Salk debuted a successful vaccine against polio. Up to then, polio had killed thousands and left tens of thousands in varying degrees of paralysis. Physician and author Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs joins us to talk about her book, "Jonas Salk: A Life," which chronicles Salk's life from his childhood in a New York tenement through his work on groundbreaking vaccines and his fraught relationship with a scientific community that disdained him.


Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs, professor emerita of medicine at Stanford University and author of "Jonas Salk: A Life"