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Discovery of Polio Vaccine Remembered 60 Years Later

60 years ago, the Salk polio vaccine was tested in hundreds of thousands of American children in a nationwide trial that demanded the assistance of 325,000 doctors, nurses, educators and private citizens, and no monetary support from federal grants or pharmaceutical companies. CBS News reports that 1.8 million parents offered up their children as test subjects for the experimental vaccine, desperate to find a solution to the crippling disease. A total of 443,000 children received one or more polio inoculations between late April and early July 1954, with an additional 200,000 children receiving placebo injections.

Read the article published by CBS News.