- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Smithsonian; 1 edition (July 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061227951
- ISBN-13: 978-0061227950
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #927,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Vaccinated: One Man's Quest to Defeat the World's Deadliest Diseases 1st Edition
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*Starred Review* Maurice Hilleman's name isn't well known, and according to infectious disease expert Offit's riveting biography, that is both a shame and a blessing. It's a shame because the outspoken, brilliant, yet humble scientist from Montana invented vaccines that all but wiped out a number of infectious diseases. Thanks to his genius, such diseases as mumps, rubella, measles, and hepatitis A and B no longer claim millions of lives, mostly children's. He merits greater recognition. His obscurity is a blessing because it prevents more people from using his name in vain, for Hilleman's vaccines have recently become increasingly controversial and their efficacy clouded by questions about adverse side effects. Still, Offit pulls no punches in defending Hilleman against those who would crucify him for combining measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines into one shot and for the choice to add thimerosal to extend the shelf life of all vaccines. Despite the fact that Offit's bias on behalf of public health shows, the book is a powerful examination of the kind of single-minded determination it takes to tackle diseases that threaten the world's children. And to do so without bravadono vaccine bears Hilleman's name, no awards his mantleis to define what it is to be simply heroic. Chavez, Donna
“This extraordinarily fine, well-researched, and beautifully written book deserves the widest possible readership. More physicians should write this well.” (Choice magazine)
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Would be well worth the read to many who choose not to vaccinate. Statistics on all the children that were dying because there was nothing they could do to keep their children alive. It was a gamble for many if you lived or died! Or, they may have recovered with being crippled, deaf, blind or mentally disabled. Oh how soon we forget.....
Great story of a man who has saved untold thousands of lives. As a pediatrician, I was unaware of Hillerman's contributions. Well written, a good read. Strongly recommend this book if you're interested in child health and Immunizations.