Medicine: It Works

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That was how the University of Michigan started off its terse summary of the verdict on the Salk polio vaccine. The reading of the report itself took longer, and the setting in the university's Rackham auditorium was elaborate. Under the klieg lights set up for TV and newsreel cameras, surrounded by microphones and 150 reporters, sat the unquestioned hero of the occasion: Dr. Jonas Edward Salk, 40, the determined, youthful-looking virologist who for five years had battled in his University of Pittsburgh...

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