Jonas Salk Vaccinating His Family During the Trial Stage

Remembering the Polio Pioneers

Remembering the Polio Pioneers #38, May/June 2022 In the 1950s, children lived in fear of contracting the disease poliomyelitis—polio for short—which could lead to paralysis and even death by paralyzing the muscles that help a person to breathe. This is the extraordinary story of two physicians—Thomas Francis Jr. and Jones Salk—whose collective research resulted in…