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Jonas Salk: A Life

ISBN : 9780190679163

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Author: 
Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs , Stanford University School of Medicine)
Pages
576 Pages
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Paperback
Size
140 x 210 mm
Pub date
Dec 2017
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When a waiting world learned on April 12, 1955, that Jonas Salk had successfully created a vaccine to prevent poliomyelitis, he became a hero overnight. Born in a New York tenement, humble in manner, Salk had all the makings of a twentieth-century icon-a knight in a white coat. In the wake of his achievement, he received a staggering number of awards and honors; for years his name ranked with Gandhi and Churchill on lists of the most revered people. And yet the one group whose adulation he craved-the scientific community-remained ominously silent. "The worst tragedy that could have befallen me was my success," Salk later said. "I knew right away that I was through-cast out." In the first complete biography of Jonas Salk, Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs unravels Salk's story to reveal an unconventional scientist and a misunderstood and vulnerable man. Despite his incredible success in developing the polio vaccine, Salk was ostracized by his fellow scientists, who accused him of failing to give proper credit to other researchers and scorned his taste for media attention. Even before success catapulted him into the limelight, Salk was an inscrutable man disliked by many of his peers. Driven by an intense desire to aid mankind, he was initially oblivious and eventually resigned to the personal cost-as well as the costs suffered by his family and friends. And yet Salk remained, in the eyes of the public, an adored hero. Based on hundreds of personal interviews and unprecedented access to Salk's sealed archives, Jacobs' biography offers the most complete picture of this complicated figure. Salk's story has never been fully told; until now, his role in preventing polio has overshadowed his part in co-developing the first influenza vaccine, his effort to meld the sciences and humanities in the magnificent Salk Institute, and his pioneering work on AIDS. A vivid and intimate portrait, this will become the standard work on the remarkable life of Jonas Salk.

Index: 

PROLOGUE - TWO PLAGUES
CHAPTER 1 - BORN WITH A CAUL
CHAPTER 2 - BIG SHOT
CHAPTER 3 - TENACITY
CHAPTER 4- FIGHTING A GHOST
CHAPTER 5 - VACCINE NEOPHYTE
CHAPTER 6 - VIRGIN TERRITORY
CHAPTER 7 -THE DISEASE KNOWN AS POLIO
CHAPTER 8 - THE CHOSEN
CHAPTER 9 - RENEGADE RESEARCHER
CHAPTER 10 - TORN FROM HIS ARMS
CHAPTER 11- THE WORLD'S LARGEST CLINICAL TRIAL
CHAPTER 12 - IT WORKS!
CHAPTER 13 - THE CUTTER INCIDENT
CHAPTER 14 - BIRTH OF AN ICON
CHAPTER 15 - ACT II
CHAPTER 16 - TWO CULTURES
CHAPTER 17 - AN ARCHITECTURAL MASTERPIECE
CHAPTER 18 - A SCIENTIFIC SHANGRI-LA
CHAPTER 19 - DIVORCED
CHAPTER 20 - HARNESSING THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
CHAPTER 21 - LIONS MATE WITH LIONS
CHAPTER 22 - SALK UNFOLDING
CHAPTER 23 - FALL FROM GRACE
CHAPTER 24 - UNBRIDLED FREEDOM
CHAPTER 25 - NEMESIS
CHAPTER 26 - THE SWINE FLU SNAFU
CHAPTER 27 - FINAL FLING
CHAPTER 28 - POLIO REDUX
CHAPTER 29 - AIDE-MEMOIRE
CHAPTER 30 - DISCIPLES, SYCOPHANTS, AND LOVERS
CHAPTER 31 - THE CLARION CALL TO AIDS
CHAPTER 32 - UNRESOLVED CHAGRIN

About the author: 

Charlotte D. Jacobs, M.D. is the Ben and A. Jess Shenson Professor of Medicine (Emerita) at Stanford University. She has served as Senior Associate Dean and as Director of the Clinical Cancer Center, and is the author of Henry Kaplan and the Story of Hodgkin's Disease.

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