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Lectures in History: Polio Epidemic in the United States

Polio Vaccination Injection (April 26, 1954)

Polio Vaccination Injection (April 26, 1954)

Davidson, North Carolina
Saturday, August 17, 2013

Davidson College professor Sally McMillen and her class discuss the polio epidemic in the United States in the early to mid-20th century. Fear of contracting polio grew following a series of outbreaks, including one in 1916 that started in Brooklyn, New York, and eventually killed more than 6,000 people. Also examined are the efforts of President Franklin Roosevelt -- a polio victim himself -- to help find a cure, in part by starting the March of Dimes organization. The class also discusses the rivalry between Albert Sabin and Jonas Salk to be the first to find a vaccine to prevent the disease. Davidson College is in North Carolina. 

Updated: Monday, August 19, 2013 at 11:48am (ET)

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