The Roots of Progress

Polio: An American Story

David M. Oshinsky

A history of epidemic polio in America during the 20th century, including FDR and the origins of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, Jonas Salk and the first vaccine, and his rival Albert Sabin and his alternate vaccine, developed later (both are in use today).

I’m still in the middle of this but it’s quite good so far.

Relevant posts: More on polio and randomized clinical trials, Polio and the controversy over randomized clinical trials

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