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04/12/2005 Archived Entry: "50th anniversary of the Salk polio vaccine -- privately funded"

TODAY IS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY of the announcement that the Salk vaccine could effectively combat polio. If your memories don't run back to the 1950s, you can't even imagine what a huge victory that was over a crippling, killing childhood illness.

The Salk vaccine was developed by a private foundation, voluntarily funded. Sigh. How things have changed. Today, we can't cure hangnails without billions stolen by gummint.

NPR has an excellent report (sound, pix, and print) on the fight against polio.

Posted by Claire @ 12:06 PM CST

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