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April 12, 2005

April the Twelfth

This day in history:

April 12, 1955

In 1947, [Dr. Jonas] Salk accepted an appointment to the University of Pittsburgh Medical School. While working there, with the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, Salk saw an opportunity to develop a vaccine against polio, and devoted himself to this work for the next eight years.

In 1955 Salk's years of research paid off. Human trials of the polio vaccine effectively protected the subject from the polio virus. When news of the discovery was made public on April 12, 1955, Salk was hailed as a miracle worker. He further endeared himself to the public by refusing to patent the vaccine. He had no desire to profit personally from the discovery, but merely wished to see the vaccine disseminated as widely as possible.

Birthdays:
1947 - David Letterman
1950 - David Cassidy

Posted by Danny Carlton at April 12, 2005 08:51 AM

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Very interesting and educational! Thanks!

Posted by: Jay at April 12, 2005 09:12 AM

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