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Salk and Sabin: the disease, the rivalry and the vaccine

Kevin Loughlin Boston, MA, United States   Jonas Salk was born in a tenement in the East Harlem section of New York City. Albert Sabin was born in Poland and as a child immigrated to the United States with his parents. From these humble beginnings, they would emerge as two of the preeminent scientists of […]

Polio conundrums

Denis Gill Dublin, Ireland   Ancient Egyptian stele of Ruma For most children, infection with the polio virus caused no symptoms or a minor illness.¬† But about 1% of those infected experienced paralysis of one or both lower limbs. Worse still, bulbar paralysis could lead to the ¬†inability to breathe. The effects of polio were […]