Vanquishing the Terror of Poliomyelitis

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Science  17 Jun 2005:
Vol. 308, Issue 5729, pp. 1744-1745
DOI: 10.1126/science.1111459

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Polio. An American Story. By David M. Oshinsky. Oxford University Press, New York, 2005. 340 pp. $30, £18.99. ISBN 0-19-515294-8.

Splendid Solution. Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio. By Jeffrey Kluger. Putnam, New York, 2004. 381 pp. $25.95, C$38. ISBN 0-399-15216-4.

Living with Polio. The Epidemic and Its Survivors. By Daniel J. Wilson. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2005. 300 pp. $29, £20.50. ISBN 0-226-90103-3.

The authors offer three perspectives on polio in the United States: Oshinsky gives a broad view of the efforts to eradicate the disease, Kluger focuses on the work of Salk, and Wilson highlights the stories of people who were struck by the virus or lived with its consequences.