51 Years Ago In Time

A year before the polio vaccine was deemed safe and effective, the start of testing by its developer, DR. JONAS SALK, was already being followed closelyby TIME, among others.

This spring, Dr. Salk's vision and his delicate laboratory procedures and logarithmic calculations are to be put to the test. Beginning next month in the South and working North ahead of the polio season, the vaccine that Salk has devised and concocted will be shot into the arms of 500,000 to 1,000,000 youngsters ... In a typical vaccination program at Colfax School in Pittsburgh, jabbering youngsters trooped by classes to the kindergarten...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!