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National Press Club Luncheon Speakers

Jonas Salk, April 12, 1965

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Jonas Salk, May 1962. A.F.P. – D.P.A. Photos. National Press Club Archives

On the tenth anniversary of the licensing of the polio vaccine he developed, Dr. Jonas Salk (1914-1995) visited Washington to accept a joint congressional resolution that hailed the vaccine as “one of the most significant medical achievements of our time.” At the White House, President Johnson offered Salk his congratulations. The day also marked the twentieth anniversary of the death of former President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who, having suffered from paralytic polio since 1921, had established the foundation that funded Salk’s efforts. Following his meetings with Congress and the President, Salk gave a talk and answered reporters’ questions at a National Press Club luncheon.... More [PDF; 209 KB]

Timings (hh:mm:ss)

Introductions: 00:00-04:04
Speech: 04:05-32:13
Q & A: 32:14-59:43

Topics of the Talk

  • Immunity as a Molecular Process: 06:06-08:51
  • Genetics, DNA, and Disease: 11:39-15:20
  • Viruses and Cancerous Change in Cell Transformation: 15:21-16:57
  • Organ Transplantation and Immunologic System: 16:59-24:20
  • Value of Biological Ideas for Psychology, Social Sciences, Politics, and Philosophy: 25:58-30:20
  • Cigarette Health Warnings: 38:53-41:13
  • Politics and Science: 41:06-45:40
  • The Possibility to Manipulate Genetic Code and the Potential for Abuse: 45:41-49:00
  • Research on Cures and Treatment for Heart Disease and Cancer: 49:04-51:35
  • Vaccine for the Common Cold: 51:39-54:21
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