Splendid Solution (Paperback)

Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio

By Jeffrey Kluger

Berkley, 9780425205709, 384pp.

Publication Date: February 7, 2006

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (3/31/2005)
MP3 CD (4/1/2005)
Compact Disc (4/1/2005)
Compact Disc (4/1/2005)

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Description

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.


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.