Lansing in Ingham County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Jonas Salk 1914-1995
Jonas Salk developed the first successful polio vaccine. Poliomyelitis, also known as infantile paralysis, was a feared disease that could cause paralysis or death.
Salk began his career at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, and his mentor conducted the tests that demonstrated that the vaccine was “safe, effective, and potent.” Salk’s vaccine used a “killed” polio virus that could immunize without risking patient infection. The 1954-55 national testing involved almost two million children in one of the first double-blind placebo-controlled tests. U.S. polio cases dropped 85-90 percent in the first two years of the vaccine’s use.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Walk of Fame marker series.
Location. 42° 44.172′ N, 84° 33.134′ W. Marker is in Lansing, Michigan, in Ingham County. Marker can be reached from North Washington Square, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 320 North Washington Square, Lansing MI 48933, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William Crapo “Billy” Durant 1861-1947 (within shouting distance of this marker); Muzyad Yahkoob “Danny Thomas” 1914-1991 (within shouting distance of this marker); Elijah McCoy 1843-1929 (within shouting distance of this marker); Drs. Pearl Kendrick and Grace Eldering (within shouting distance of this marker); Walter Reuther 1907-1970 (within shouting distance of this marker); Mack-e-te-be-nessy “Andrew J. Blackbird” c. 1815-1908 (within shouting distance of this marker); Gordie Howe b. 1928 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Eero Saarinen 1910-1961 (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lansing.
Also see . . . Jonas Salk. (Submitted on May 28, 2017, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Categories. • Science & Medicine •
Credits. This page was last revised on May 28, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 26, 2017, by Bill Rieske of Lansing, Michigan. This page has been viewed 76 times since then and 16 times this year. Photo 1. submitted on May 26, 2017, by Bill Rieske of Lansing, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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