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August 1966

Breakthrough, The Saga of Jonas Salk

Am J Dis Child. 1966;112(2):170-171. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1966.02090110114027

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This book, written in the spirit of "biology for the billions," is recommended for reading only by those members of the profession who are sufficiently acquainted with protagonists and consecutive achievements in the drama of the conquest of poliomyelitis to allow reading between the lines. Richard Carter has supplied a chronological record of sequential happenings. Interpretation of the significance of the happenings is tinted by untrammeled bias. Favorable reviews of the volume: Life (Albert Rosenfeld), The Atlanta Journal (Eugene Moore) and the Minneapolis Tribune (Victor Cohn) do indeed suggest that publication was promoted by the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. It is gratifying to note that the author denies any such accusation of conspiracy.

Carter's characterization of a sincere and dedicated young American investigator, Jonas Salk, as being motivated by an extreme love of little children ("an ungovernable love for children—all children. He needed to smile into their eyes until

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