Every family, in those days, was likely to be touched by the dread disease known as “polio” -- until Dr. Jonas Salk (and Dr. Albert Sabin) became famous in 1954 by being the first, out of many hundreds searching, to find the cure. It was they who developed a vaccine which all but eliminated the disease that had plagued the world’s youth. Oddly, Salk didn’t even patent the discovery which carries his name. Actually, many other scientists, like Harvard’s David Enders, contributed to the rapid development of the cure for this disease by learning how to grow the polio virus in test tubes. Late in life, a doctor asked Teresa why she had not got inoculated. He was young and didn’t realize that it hadn’t been invented when she was stricken.