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Jonas Salk

A Life

Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs

January 2018

ISBN: 9780190679163

576 pages
Paperback
210x140mm

Price: £11.99

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Description

The first full biography of Jonas Salk offers a complete picture of the enigmatic figure, from his early years working on an influenza vaccine—for which he never fully got credit—to his seminal creation of the Polio vaccine, up through his later work to find a cure for AIDS.

  • Based on unprecedented access to Salk's sealed archives and hundreds of personal interviews conducted by the author
  • This is the first full account of Jonas Salk's life ever published
  • The medical biography benefits from Jacobs' experience as a doctor and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University

About the Author(s)

Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs, Ben and A. Jess Shenson Professor of Medicine (Emerita), Stanford University School of Medicine

Charlotte D. Jacobs, M.D. is the Ben and A. Jess Shenson Professor of Medicine (Emerita) at Stanford University. She has served as Senior Associate Dean and as Director of the Clinical Cancer Center, and is the author of Henry Kaplan and the Story of Hodgkin's Disease.

Table of Contents

    PROLOGUE - TWO PLAGUES
    CHAPTER 1 - BORN WITH A CAUL
    CHAPTER 2 - BIG SHOT
    CHAPTER 3 - TENACITY
    CHAPTER 4- FIGHTING A GHOST
    CHAPTER 5 - VACCINE NEOPHYTE
    CHAPTER 6 - VIRGIN TERRITORY
    CHAPTER 7 -THE DISEASE KNOWN AS POLIO
    CHAPTER 8 - THE CHOSEN
    CHAPTER 9 - RENEGADE RESEARCHER
    CHAPTER 10 - TORN FROM HIS ARMS
    CHAPTER 11- THE WORLD'S LARGEST CLINICAL TRIAL
    CHAPTER 12 - IT WORKS!
    CHAPTER 13 - THE CUTTER INCIDENT
    CHAPTER 14 - BIRTH OF AN ICON
    CHAPTER 15 - ACT II
    CHAPTER 16 - TWO CULTURES
    CHAPTER 17 - AN ARCHITECTURAL MASTERPIECE
    CHAPTER 18 - A SCIENTIFIC SHANGRI-LA
    CHAPTER 19 - DIVORCED
    CHAPTER 20 - HARNESSING THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
    CHAPTER 21 - LIONS MATE WITH LIONS
    CHAPTER 22 - SALK UNFOLDING
    CHAPTER 23 - FALL FROM GRACE
    CHAPTER 24 - UNBRIDLED FREEDOM
    CHAPTER 25 - NEMESIS
    CHAPTER 26 - THE SWINE FLU SNAFU
    CHAPTER 27 - FINAL FLING
    CHAPTER 28 - POLIO REDUX
    CHAPTER 29 - AIDE-MÉMOIRE
    CHAPTER 30 - DISCIPLES, SYCOPHANTS, AND LOVERS
    CHAPTER 31 - THE CLARION CALL TO AIDS
    CHAPTER 32 - UNRESOLVED CHAGRIN

Reviews

"Chosen as New York Times Book Review "100 Notable Books of 2015""

"This is science writing at its best." - New York Times Book Review"

"...[R]emarkable, warts-and-all biography... sweeping and sympathetic narrative." - Wall Street Journal"

"...[I]nsightful... With an unerring sense of pace, Jacobs... relates the story of this complex man and his remarkable life as a scientific pioneer and a popular icon." - Chicago Tribune"

"...[F]ills a gap worth filling." - Washington Post"

"An extraordinarily rich biography of the doctor Americans adored and all but regarded as a saint... Jacobs makes a convincing case that Salk was a shy man who never succeeded in making the scientific or personal connections that could bring happiness, but his idealism proved a boon to mankind." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review"

"[A] treasure trove of facts and stories... Recommended to readers of scientific biographies and those interested in the practice of science in America." - Library Journal"

"The story of Jonas Salk is an endlessly fascinating one and in Charlotte Jacobs's capable hands this will be a winner and an important book." - Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone and Professor and Doctor of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine

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