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At the beginning of the twentieth century the most feared human infections were rabies and poliomyelitis. Rabies occurred rarely, but death was inevitable. Although the virus of poliomyelitis in epidemic form commonly infected children, relatively few suffered paralysis, fear of which haunted parents. Successful vaccination is now available for poliomyelitis, and the paralytic form of the disease is rare.
Trial by Fury is a recital of the public acclaim given to Jonas Salk for the successful introduction of the initial vaccine. It is to be remembered that the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, headed by the public-relations genius Basil O'Connor,
Trial by Fury. The Polio Vaccine Controversy.. Ann Intern Med. ;78:626. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-78-4-626_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;78(4):626.
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