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DR. JONAS SALK - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 03/14/1968 - HFSID 254901

JONAS SALK He replies to an architect who has recommended to him a book of philosophy. Typed Letter signed: "Jonas Salk", 1p, 8½x11. San Diego, California, 1968 March 14. On letterhead of the Salk Institute of Biological Studies to Edward V. Lofstrom, Architect, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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JONAS SALK
He replies to an architect who has recommended to him a book of philosophy.
Typed Letter signed: "Jonas Salk", 1p, 8½x11. San Diego, California, 1968 March 14. On letterhead of the Salk Institute of Biological Studies to Edward V. Lofstrom, Architect, Minneapolis, Minnesota. In full: "Thank you very much for your thoughtful letter of March 4, 1968 and for your recommendations of Dr. Temple's book on NATURE, MAN and GOD. I agree that it should be available in our library. Very sincerely yours". Accompanied by an unsigned carbon copy of a letter from Lofstrom, dated March 4, recommending the book to which Salk refers. 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. Staple holes in upper left. Otherwise, fine condition.

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