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

ISBN-10: 006122796X
ISBN-13: 9780061227967
Edition: N/A
Authors: Paul A. Offit
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Description: His goal-to prevent every disease that commonly attacked children-was unattainable. But Maurice Hilleman came close. Maurice Hilleman is the father of modern vaccines. Chief among his accomplishments are nine vaccines that practically every child  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 8/5/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

His goal-to prevent every disease that commonly attacked children-was unattainable. But Maurice Hilleman came close. Maurice Hilleman is the father of modern vaccines. Chief among his accomplishments are nine vaccines that practically every child gets, rendering formerly deadly diseases-including mumps, rubella, and measles-nearly forgotten. Author Paul A. Offit's rich and lively narrative details Hilleman's research and experiences as the basis for a larger exploration of the development of vaccines, covering two hundred years of medical history and traveling across the globe in the process. The history of vaccines necessarily brings with it a cautionary message, as they have come under assault from those insisting they do more harm than good. Paul Offit clearly and compellingly rebuts these arguments, and, by demonstrating how much the work of Hilleman and others has gained for humanity, shows us how much we have to lose.

Paul A. Offit, M.D. is the chief of Infectious Diseases and the director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia as well as the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He has received numerous awards, including the J. Edmund Bradley Prize for Excellence in Pediatrics from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the Young Investigator Award in Vaccine Development from the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health. An international expert on rotavirus-specific immune responses, Dr. Offit is the coinventor of the rotavirus vaccine RotaTeq, for which he received the Jonas Salk Award from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, the Gold Medal from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Stanley A. Plotkin Award in Vaccinology from the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. He will donate all royalties from sales of this book to autism research.

Prologue
The Time Capsule
"My God: This Is the Pandemic. It's Here!"
Jeryl Lynn
Eight Doors
The Destroying Angel
Coughs, Colds, Cancers, and Chickens
The Monster Maker
Political Science
Blood
Animalcules
An Uncertain Future
Unrecognized Genius
Epilogue
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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