Vaccinated: Triumph, Controversy, and An Uncertain F

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Medical - 272 pages
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Maurice Hilleman's mother died a day after he was born and his twin sister stillborn. As an adult, he said that he felt he had escaped an appointment with death. He made it his life's work to see that others could do the same. Born into the life of a Montana chicken farmer, Hilleman ran off to the University of Chicago to become a microbiologist, and eventually joined Merck, the pharmaceutical company, to pursue his goal of eliminating childhood disease. Chief among his accomplishments are nine vaccines that practically every child gets, rendering formerly dread diseases—including often devastating ones such as mumps and rubella—practically toothless and nearly forgotten; his measles vaccine alone saves several million lives every year.

Vaccinated is not a biography; Hilleman's experience forms the basis for a rich and lively narrative of two hundred years of medical history, ranging across the globe and throughout time to take in a cast of hundreds, all caught up, intentionally or otherwise, in the story of vaccines. It is an inspiring and triumphant tale, but one with a cautionary aspect, as vaccines come under assault from people blaming vaccines for autism and worse. Paul Offit clearly and compellingly rebuts those arguments, and, by demonstrating how much the work of Hilleman and others has gained for humanity, shows us how much we have to lose.

  

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Review: Vaccinated: One Man's Quest to Defeat the World's Deadliest Diseases

User Review  - Emily Peterson - Goodreads

3.5 stars Liked: Excellent job explaining the way that vaccines were developed and made in a way that someone without a scientific background could understand; also good discussion on the way that ... Read full review

Review: Vaccinated: One Man's Quest to Defeat the World's Deadliest Diseases

User Review  - Karen - Goodreads

I hardly know where to start with this book. Probably with...I teach microbiology to nurses, and I'm a rubella baby. That explains a lot in a nutshell for why I picked up this book. I certainly wanted ... Read full review

Contents

Jeryl Lynn
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Eight Doors
31
The Destroying Angel
44
The Monster Maker
69
Animalcules
141
Selected Bibliography
239
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Paul A. Offit, MD, is chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, as well as the acclaimed author of Autism's False Prophets, Vaccinated, and Deadly Choices.

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