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The Virus and the Vaccine: Contaminated Vaccine, Deadly Cancers, and Government Neglect Paperback – June 23, 2005

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"This well-researched, well-documented book unfurls a compelling scientific saga....Not only that, it's written with the zing of a medical thriller, featuring fully realized characters, dramatic conflicts, high-level politics and scientific egos big enough to levitate Stone Mountain."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"This meticulously researched, levelheaded and well-written book should stir up considerable debate. Because the authors never became alarmist, this solid work of investigative reporting carries considerable weight, and deserves to be read by a large audience."--Publishers Weekly

"Powerful and emotive, the book captures the joy of scientific discovery--from the dramatic fight against polio to the thrill of basic virology--with the tone of a mystery thriller."
-Dr. Norman J. Maitland, professor of molecular biology, director of the YCR Cancer Research Unit, University of York

"A beautifully-told tale of science and a fascinating piece of medical history. The Virus and the Vaccine reveals how science can be distorted, pushed and pulled by the pressures of politics and profits."
-Dr. David Himmelstein, associate professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School

"Millions of Americans are unaware that government officials and leading scientists played Russian roulette with their health in the 1960s…[This] fascinating, meticulously-researched account of the coverup, and its possible long-term health effects, is a deeply disturbing chapter in the recent history of science."
-Stephen S. Hall, New York Times Magazine science writer and author of Merchants of Immortality

About the Author

Debbie Bookchin has been a journalist since 1979 and has won awards for her news, feature and investigative reporting. She has written for The Boston Globe, The Nation, The New York Times, and numerous other publications.



Jim Schumacher is a lawyer and writer whose work has appeared in Boston Magazine, Newsday, and The Atlantic Monthly, among others. Bookchin and Schumacher are married to each other and live in Vermont with their daughter.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312342721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312342722
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #522,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Linda on July 19, 2005
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A powerful book, page-turning read and extremely well-organized for nonscientists - well-balanced, reminded us all to be aware of what goes into our bodies and to educate ourselves about our own health care choices. As a parent, I now wonder what our children received in their vaccines in the 1980s and 90s that I so blithely took them to receive.

After reading of one more example of our government's collusion with the pharmacentical industry as well as our government's inability to adapt to changing medical research, I am hopeless about our ability to prepare for the possible flu pandemic or any kind of biochemical warfare that may be in our future.
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The other reviews have more than expressed the high level of journalism these authors have attained. Suffice it to say they should be inundated with movie offers by now. This is indeed the most compelling read in a very long time.

It is appalling to know just how reckless (and criminal) the vaccine programs really are and how deep the disregard for the public health. I promptly sent "Virus and the Vaccine" to a friend who is a top cancer specialist, to get an outside opinion. He too was blown away, horrified and found the book a powerful read. If your here and wondering if you should get this book..YES READ THIS BOOK. You will not regret it.

It is my opinion that the authors have done a great service to this country (and humanity) by dedicating their talents and time to uncovering this outrageous tale of woe. A Nobel Prize might just be in order! I am buying this book in lots, and sending copies to the most influential people I know (and my family). Bravo! S.A. Sarnoff, Founder & Pres. Health Advocacy in the Public Interest, Santa Barbara CA
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Opie32311 on October 18, 2013
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A well researched and excellently written book exposing SV40 contamination of the polio vaccine and subsequent cover up by the vaccine producers with the tacit collusion of the government, however the text limits it's scope to SV40 viral contamination failing to even mention the much more serious introduction of SIV into the human population through contaminated vaccine produced by Hillary Koprowski which was used extensively in vaccine trials in the Belgium Congo.
SIV mutated into HIV which has exponentially killed more people than SV40. Any study of vaccine contamination would be incomplete without the reading of Edward Hooper's "The River: A Journey to the source of HIV & AIDS". Although the authors can be some what forgiven for their intentional over site due to the fact that Hillary Koprowski was a litigious SOB who sued any body who tried to implicate him and his vaccine as the orgin of HIV.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By ruakdsh on March 12, 2011
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Fabulous "must read." Authors accomplish a most difficult task of incorporating vast amounts of data into a coherent and readable form.

You will come away with things you may not wish to know -- BUT desparately need to know.

The research is excrutiatingly meticulous.

Again, a MUST READ.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Archibald Wallace III on August 22, 2013
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Well researched and well presented. Why is this not publicly discussed more? Makes me wonder what else our county's health safety net has missed or is covering up?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. Scott Perry on May 13, 2013
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Once you start reading you wont be able to put it down. It reads like a novel and you will be shocked when you discover what is revealed inside.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jess on April 19, 2011
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Not what you think when it comes to the polio vaccine. Even more disturbing thousands of monkeys were killed to make cultures for the polio virus only to contain deadly SV40 (A virus from monkeys) that infected millions of Americans who were injected with polio vaccines. Now SV40 proven to cause cancer, has raised cancer rates in the past 20 years due to polio vaccine contamination and our government still won't admit it's mistakes.....
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Betsy T on July 25, 2011
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It took me a while to get into this, but after reading Dr. Mary's Monkey - this was a breeze to read! Very informative - read this if you are researching vaccines to make an informed choice.
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