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To the Editor:—
I am very much in accord with your review of Breakthrough: The Saga of Jonas Salk (197:668). Lipman's article in Science not only conforms to your own review but, similarly, is a dispassionate estimate of the newsworthiness of this book.The strength of Carter's story is the reportorial skill of the author. He has developed a careful and surprisingly accurate account of all that led up to the vaccines of Salk and Sabin. One must give due credit to his painstaking research in this regard. Although I agree with many of his facts, I cannot subscribe to many of his conclusions which are unsupported by his factual data.It is most unfortunate that he has attempted to resolve a scientific study into the presumption of a power struggle between Salk and Sabin: the conquest of polio, the
Shaw EB. "Breakthrough". JAMA. 1966;197(12):1046. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110120152046
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