DR. JONAS SALK - PHOTOGRAPH MOUNT SIGNED - HFSID 268436
JONAS SALK. Shown with a rack of test tubes Photograph signed on the mount: "Jonas Salk." B/w, 5¾x3¾ overall, image 4¾x3¼, (two surfaces). In 1952, over 58,000 cases of polio were reported in the United States.
Sale Price $450.00
Shown with a rack of test tubes
Photograph signed on the mount: "Jonas Salk." B/w, 5¾x3¾ overall, image 4¾x3¼, (two surfaces). In 1952, over 58,000 cases of polio were reported in the United States. These claimed over 3,000 lives, and left over 20,000 persons, mostly children, with mild to disabling paralysis. Among Americans of that era, only the atomic bomb was more feared than polio. In 1953, after 6 years of intense research, Dr. Jonas Salk (1914-1995) of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine developed the first polio vaccine, which was proven effective in field tests and introduced to the public in 1955. The publicity-shy Salk declined New York's offer of a ticker tape parade, but was the recipient of countless honors and tributes from around the world. He gave away the patent rights, considering it sufficient compensation that millions of children were saved from injury and death. In 1963 he founded the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, California, and was working his vaunted 16-hour days in search of an AIDS vaccine when he died at age 80. Salk was the author of several books. Slightly creased at upper and left blank border. Pencil note (unknown hand) on verso (no show through). Fine condition.
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