Jonas Salk: Dangerously Heroic, or Exceptionally Lucky? – Things You Might Not Know

Was Jonas Salk dangerously heroic, or exceptionally lucky? Today on Things You Might Not Know, we take a look at the controversial methods used by Jonas Salk to test his polio vaccine.


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COVID-19 Vaccine image: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from Washington D.C, United States, CC BY 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons
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