Modern Marvels

Season 5 Episode 10

The Search for the Polio Vaccine

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 05, 1997 on The History Channel
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The Search for the Polio Vaccine
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When "poliomyelitis" swept the nation, thousands died or were disabled before American ingenuity, trial and error, and blatant acts of desperation led to one of the greatest scientific breakthroughs in history. We'll see how polio shaped the vision of FDR, and catapulted the young unknown doctor Jonas Salk to international celebrity.moreless
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    • Narrator: A deadly disease swept through America, it struck suddenly and mysteriously. Thousands would die, many more would be left helpless. The disease was Polio Militias, polio would enlist renowned scientists, shape the vision of the world's greatest leaders and transform an young unknown doctor into a world famous hero. Ingenuity, trial and error and even acts of scientific desperation would pave the way for one of the greatest breakthroughs in scientific history on Modern Marvels, In Search of the Polio Vaccine.

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