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Medical News & Perspectives
December 12, 2001

At Polio's End Game, Strategies Differ

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JAMA. 2001;286(22):2797-2799. doi:10.1001/jama.286.22.2797

Baltimore—As a young student, Walter Orenstein, MD, head of the US National Immunization Program, idolized Jonas Salk, MD. Orenstein's favorite story about the discoverer of one polio vaccine takes place at a meeting where the well-known friction between Salk (who died in 1995) and the other polio vaccine discoverer, Albert Sabin, MD (who died in 1993), came to a head. As participants debated the merits of the Salk and Sabin vaccines, Salk stood up and said, "There is something we can agree on. The world needs just one vaccine."

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