Interview with Jonas Salk, developer of the polio vaccine

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Jonas Salk (October 28, 1914 – June 23, 1995) was an American medical researcher and virologist best known for his discovery and development of the first safe and effective polio vaccine. Until 1955, when the Salk vaccine was introduced, polio was considered the most frightening public health problem of the post-war United States. Annual epidemics were increasingly devastating. The 1952 epidemic was the worst outbreak in the nation’s history. Of nearly 58,000 cases reported that year, 3,145 people died and 21,269 were left with mild to disabling paralysis, with most of the victims children.

Day at Night was a popular public television series hosted by James Day. The series features fascinating interviews with notable cultural and political figures conducted in the mid 1970’s. The interview with Jonas Salk dates April 28, 1974.

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CUNY TV, the non-commercial cable television station of the City University of New York.

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