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.
"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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