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The Resource Jonas Salk : a life, Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs

Jonas Salk : a life, Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs

Label
Jonas Salk : a life
Title
Jonas Salk
Title remainder
a life
Statement of responsibility
Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"When a waiting world learned on April 12, 1955, that Jonas Salk had successfully created a vaccine to prevent poliomyelitis, he became a hero overnight. Born in a New York tenement, humble in manner, Salk had all the makings of a twentieth-century icon-a knight in a white coat. In the wake of his achievement, he received a staggering number of awards and honors; for years his name ranked with Gandhi and Churchill on lists of the most revered people. And yet the one group whose adulation he craved--the scientific community--remained ominously silent. "The worst tragedy that could have befallen me was my success," Salk later said. "I knew right away that I was through-cast out." In the first complete biography of Jonas Salk, Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs unravels Salk's story to reveal an unconventional scientist and a misunderstood and vulnerable man. Despite his incredible success in developing the polio vaccine, Salk was ostracized by his fellow scientists, who accused him of failing to give proper credit to other researchers and scorned his taste for media attention. Even before success catapulted him into the limelight, Salk was an inscrutable man disliked by many of his peers. Driven by an intense desire to aid mankind, he was initially oblivious and eventually resigned to the personal cost--as well as the costs suffered by his family and friends. And yet Salk remained, in the eyes of the public, an adored hero. Based on hundreds of personal interviews and unprecedented access to Salk's sealed archives, Jacobs' biography offers the most complete picture of this complicated figure. Salk's story has never been fully told; until now, his role in preventing polio has overshadowed his part in co-developing the first influenza vaccine, his effort to meld the sciences and humanities in the magnificent Salk Institute, and his pioneering work on AIDS. A vivid and intimate portrait, this will become the standard work on the remarkable life of Jonas Salk"--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 579.2092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
QR31.S25
LC item number
J33 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Jonas Salk : a life, Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 559 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780199334414
Lccn
2014040267
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)893389691
  • 840318
  • (OCoLC)ocn893389691
  • 840318
Label
Jonas Salk : a life, Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 559 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780199334414
Lccn
2014040267
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)893389691
  • 840318
  • (OCoLC)ocn893389691
  • 840318

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