Howard Markel, M.D. looks back on polio vaccine anniversary, and U-M’s role

This week in 1955, the world’s attention focused on a stage at U-M, where scientists Tommy Francis and Jonas Salk were set to announce the results of a pivotal clinical trial of a polio vaccine.

Howard Markel, M.D., the director of the U-M Center for the History of Medicine, takes a look back at this moment in time — including controversy sparked by Salk — in his new column for the PBS Newshour website.

Read it online here.

See past columns by Dr. Markel, looking at other historical moments in medicine, at the bottom of the article.

Web Address: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2013/04/the-day-polio-began-losing-its-grip-on-america.html

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