Polio: A Look Back At America’s Most Successful Public Health Crusade

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April 12, 2015 at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

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The U-M Center for the History of Medicine presented the 14th Annual Horace W. Davenport Lecture in the Medical Humanities featuring David Oshinsky, Ph.D., Director of the Division of Medical Humanities, NYU School of Medicine, Professor of History, New York University, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Polio: An American Story.

After a brief introductions by Dr. Howard Markel, the George E. Wantz, M.D. Professor of the History of Medicine and University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel, Dr. Oshinsky shares the history of polio, the development of the March of Dimes which raised money to fight the virus, and the work of scientists to develop and test a vaccine. This month is the 60th anniversary of the polio vaccine, which was approved for widespread public use in April 1955.

David Oshinsky’s book Polio: An American Story won the Pulitzer Prize for History, among other awards, and helped influence Bill Gates to make polio eradication the top priority of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

His other works include A Conspiracy So Immense: The World of Joe McCarthy, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; and Worse Than Slavery, winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for distinguished contribution to human rights.

Professor Oshinsky’s reviews and essays appear regularly in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and other international publications.

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Vaccine Will End Polio As Major Health Threat




Vaccine Will End Polio As Major Health Threat
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And Locked Up




And Locked Up
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Polio vaccine stored at the Ann Arbor Police Department


Polio vaccine stored at the Ann Arbor Police Department

Officer Howard Zeck removing the polio vaccine which was stored in the police department, circa 1953.

Courtesy of Lt. Michael Logghe, the Ann Arbor Police Department and the City of Ann Arbor.

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