I'm old enough to remember, having been born in 1947, when polio was a threat in the back of our minds. I've always had some questions as to whether it was Salk or Sabin who should receive credit for eliminating this worry from families. This book answered those questions.
But, more disturbing was the concept of how the "polio appeals" created the basic formats for fund raising campaigns for other diseases and causes. That may be the dark side of this book.
If you enjoyed this book, then I highly recommend "The Great Influenza." It is very much like "Polio," but covers the Spanish flu of 1918-1920, which killed more people than World War I. "The Great Influenza" covers a longer period of time than "Polio," starting with the initial emergence of "modern American" medicine during the Civil War, the accreditation of medical schools, creation of medical labs, and the terrible effects of the epidemic, often caused by many of the political forces and jealousies found in "Polio."
"Polio" is a completely readable account of how the war waged on several fronts eradicated polio in America. This is a gripping narrative of the terror America faced as polio inflicted its crippling effects indiscriminately on adults and children and even the President of the United States. Unconventional research, not possible today, was done in a race against time by several fiercely competitive scientists pitting completely different vaccine models against each another while vying for millions of March of Dime dollars to bring an end to this public scourge. "Polio" is one of the most fascinating non-fiction books I've read in quite a long time.
Fascinating book about the history of poliomyelitis,its effect on the world and the development of an acceptable polio vaccine. I would definitely read this again.