His goalto prevent every disease that commonly attacked childrenwas 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 diseasesincluding mumps, rubella, and measlesnearly 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....
|Title||:||Vaccinated: One Man's Quest to Defeat the World's Deadliest Diseases|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||274 pages|
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Vaccinated: One Man's Quest to Defeat the World's Deadliest Diseases Reviews
An excellent history of vaccination using the story of one man as the primary focus. Not really much to say. The organization was excellent, kind of going disease by disease and, while centered around Maurice Hilleman, still pretty thoroughly covering the other people and events involved. The book ends where it should, with a visit with the exploitative crimes of Andrew Wakefield and the growing anti-vaccine movement.
Sadly, it's been 11 years, and things have only gotten worse. This book should ...more
I work in biopharmaceuticals and my manager actually lent me this book. I'm usually wary of other people recommending me books but this book was so enthralling I read it in a matter of hours. It is essentially the biography of Maurice Hilleman, a scientist at Merck whose name you probably do not know but who definitely changed your life. He developed most of the vaccines that we thank today for, you know, not dying horrible deaths in childhood. It's impossible not to like Hilleman, who through h ...more
So this book is a brief history of vaccination and most of it talks about Maurice Hilleman's career and life but the author also makes mentions of various other people involved in the making of vaccines through out. I bought this book thinking it be about the history of vaccines but it's mostly centered around Hilleman who is actually quite impressive and deserves a biography. The book was interesting and the writing was clear and easy to read. If you like the human interest aspect of things and ...more
That's the problem with vaccines. When they work, absolutely nothing happens. Nothing. Parents go on with their lives, not once thinking that their child was saved from meningitis caused by Hib or from liver cancer caused by Hepatitis B or from fatal pneumonia caused by pneumococcus or from paralysis caused by polio. We live in a state of blissful denial. But somebody was getting those diseases. Before pharmaceutical companies made the Hib vaccine in the early 1990s
I read this in follow-up to Offit's other book, "Vaccines: What Every Parent Should Know", which was a self-assigned project I gave myself to learn more about the history of vaccines and how they are made.
"Vaccines" was very dry and formulaic, as each chapter was virtually the same (define the illness, how it affects people, how the vaccine is made, etc.), and was much more difficult to finish than "Vaccinated". "Vaccinated" focused primarily on the life of one man, Maurice Hilleman, and the res ...more
This was amazing. It's the history of vaccines, most of them created by one man: Maurice Hilleman. I minored in microbiology in college and had never heard of this man. I don't know why he's not revered more than he is. He's the reason we have the measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, HiB, and pnuemococcus vaccines, plus 3 others I can't remember right now. He was a genius.
I got more and more infuriated at the ignorance of people who refuse to vaccinate their children as the book went on.
It's a great book. It has so many important facts that I didn't know about vaccines and It's so easy to read.
Maurice Hilleman is very likely one of the reasons why I am alive to write this review today. He created a large number of our current vaccinations and has significantly influenced scientific practice regarding disease prevention. Yet very few know his name. I am extremely interested in vaccinations, yet even I didn't know about him. Thank you Dr. Offit for this informative history on Hilleman and for a thorough examination regarding vaccine development. The sections on how Hilleman managed to a ...more