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April 30, 1955


JAMA. 1955;157(18):1642-1643. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950350056030

VACCINE FOR POLIOMYELITIS  On April 12, 1955, at Ann Arbor, Mich., there was released a report on the evaluation of a field trial of the use of a vaccine for the prevention or modification of anterior poliomyelitis. This is the so-called Salk vaccine, a name applied to it because of the work of Dr. Jonas E. Salk of Pittsburgh. The report was prepared under the direction of Dr. Thomas Francis Jr. and was sponsored by the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. It represented an impressive investigation and presented an amazing amount of material, much of which was raw data available for critical review and analysis by any reader. It is a matter of record to which many will refer for years to come. Unfortunately, because of lack of space, it cannot be reported in detail in The Journal.The Journal published in 19531 a report by Jonas E. Salk

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