The Polio panic continued when Dwight Eisenhower was sworn in as President in 1953 with more than 35,000 cases reported in the United States that year. But, the innovation that would soon alleviate that fear was on the horizon with Dr. Jonas Salk beginning to test what would later become the vaccine we know today.
Traditional funeral in 1910, typically including many friends and relatives of the deceased. During the pandemic of 1918, fears that mourners could spread influenza led many communities to ban public funerals.
A Rose Garden Ceremony Honoring Dr. Jonas Salk (front row, 2nd from left), April 22, 1955. Front row, from left, Basil O'Connor, President, National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis; Salk; President Dwight D. Eisenhower; Oveta Culp Hobby, Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare
Early in 1921, when Warren Harding was sworn into office, millions of diabetic patients in the U.S. had no treatment options. Children with type 1 diabetes simply died. With insulin developed during his administration, it is ironically believed that President Harding may have had diabetes himself.
1950: The Nobel Prize is awarded to the discoverers of cortisone, a naturally produced steroid that suppresses inflammation. Developed two years earlier as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, patients injected with cortisone show remarkable improvement. In 1998, the FDA would approve three different classes of drugs that improve the lives of patients with rheumatoid and osteo-arthritis. As a result, millions of people are relieved from crippling joint pain and regain mobility.
Nancy Reagan: A Change of Style (posing here with her husband before leaving for the Inaugural Balls) Style—in fashion, entertaining, decorating, and influence—was the subject of articles leading up to the 1981 inauguration. The press reported on Nancy Reagan’s wardrobe, film career, skills as a hostess, and plans to redecorate the White House family quarters. As lavish white-tie inaugural celebrations were planned, articles speculated on a subsequent transformation to a more glamorous…