Few of us today understand the significance of the work of two women biologists in 1959: Dr. Bernice Eddy, PhD, US Public Health Service, and Dr. Sarah Stewart, MD PhD, NIH.
Asked to discontinue testing of influenza after 2 decades at the Hygienic lab as she called it, Dr. Bernice Eddy, PhD was given in 1954 the task of testing the new Salk vaccine. Her results were not very encouraging for the first inoculated monkeys were paralyzed shortly after the inoculations. Nevertheless, “We had eighteen monkeys. We inoculated these eighteen monkeys with each vaccine that came in. And we started getting paralyzed monkeys.” Continue reading