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Jonas Salk: The Discovery Of The Polio Vaccine

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            Jonas Salk, he discovered the vaccine for polio, and it all started threw out his childhood his family and school and all the work he’s done. It all helped him, to accomplish this discovery. And all the ways this discovery has changed peoples lives and schools all over the world. 
            From the beginning of Jonas Salk’s life to his childhood and the family he has. He was born in New York on October 28, 1995, to his parents Dora and Daniel Salk. He also has two brothers, Herman and Lee, “he is the oldest son of Russian-Jewish Immigrants” (Jonas Salk Biography).   “As a child Salk did not show any interest in medicine or ...view middle of the document...

 During World War 2 he worked at the University of Michigan and University of Pittsburgh studying Influenza commonly referred to as the flu.”  “In 1947 he moved to the University of Pittsburgh serving as a professor of bacteriology from 1949 onward” ( 
            The discovery of the polio vaccine was very significant nut what happens after is something no one really expected. “The summer time was when most parents feared there children would get polio, or poliomyelitis” (Jonas Salk Biography).  Many microbiologists were working on a vaccine for polio, but Salk got there first.”  “Jonas became famous over night but his discovery was the result of many years of painstaking research.”  He discovered the vaccine in his lab with his other lab workers in 1955. 
He worked 16 hours a day, 7 days a week, for years.  “Overall the vaccine was administered to over 440,000 children in 44 states, 3 Canadian provinces and in Helsinki, Finland” (Wikipedia).
             Jonas Salk influenced the world by discovery a cure for the world’s most public problem of the post-war in the United States.  “When poliomyelitis...

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