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Jonas Salk Did Not Patent His Polio Vaccine

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Jonas Salk, called the "Father of Biophilosophy," discovered and developed the vaccine for polio in 1952. Salk believed that public health should be considered a "moral commitment," which may have been a reason he did not register a patent for his polio vaccine. Instead, he insisted the patent for his world-changing medical development belonged to the people. When news of his vaccine's success was made public on April 12, 1955, Salk was considered a "miracle worker" for the huge medical impact he made on people of the time and those who would benefit in the future.

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