This day in Jewish history / Father of the first successful polio vaccine is born
Jonas Salk wanted to pursue law, but his mother drove him toward medicine; his vaccine has helped eradicate polio worldwide.
October 28, 1914, is the birthdate of Jonas Salk, the medical researcher who became an international hero in 1955, when he announced the successful development of a vaccine that could inoculate humans against the polio virus. In early-1950s United States, poliomyelitis was feared at least as much as Communism, as annual epidemics took thousands of lives, and left tens of thousands of victims – generally...
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