Medicine: Salk Award

A community needed a bell tower to warn its people against attack. Everyone helped to build it, and the whole was greater than the sum of its parts. When it was finished, the feeling of gratitude of each man for his neighbor, for what each had contributed, was showered upon but one—and he was among the last to contribute. But all knew that the end could not have come without the beginning, and without all that had transpired in between.

With this allegory, Dr. Jonas Salk last week sought to turn the nation's thanks toward the many scientists who had worked on...

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