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
I would have given this 4.5 stars if I could.
This book chronicles the accomplishments of Dr. Maurice Hilleman, the man who was integral to the development of many vaccines, but who none of us know about. It was fascinating. I learned an incredible amount about the science behind the creation of vaccines, and feel much more informed about the process and scientific principles behind it. This is partly because the author doesn't just focus on Hilleman, but also included vignettes describing the w ...more
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 different diseases infect and spread; I enjoyed learning more about a man who has saved millions of lives (he also did a good job explaining why Hilleman is not a household name when it really should be).
Didn't Like: Although I am definitely provaccine, I was annoyed at the last chapters explaining the ...more
An interesting look at Maurice Hilleman, who developed most of the vaccines that are in use today. We are definitely blessed to live in a day where we can prevent disease by vaccination. However, it concerns me that we rely so completely on them rather than continuing to develop more antibiotics (and looking for safer methods of prevention).
I was bothered by the "guinea pig" style testing of vaccines on those persons institutionalized, homeless, or poverty-stricken. The author is a doctor and is ...more
Dr. Maurice Hilleman: singlehandedly pushed through a vaccine that mitigated the influenza epidemic of 1957; developed vaccines against mumps, rubella, measles, Japanese encephalitis virus, hepatitis A and B, pneumonia, and Haemophilus influenzae type b. Most of his vaccines are still in use to this day. He never won the Nobel Prize for his work, and to this day few people know his name, let alone his accomplishments.
Dr. Offit uses Hilleman's work to organize the book and take readers through t ...more
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
Interesting read but I thought there was a bit too much hero worship.
According to Maurice Hilleman, we can expect our next deadly influenza pandemic to strike us in 2025; it will be from the same strain of virus that infected millions in 1889 and 1957. Hilleman discovered that pandemics of the same strain occur every 68 years, which is effectively a life span, and just enough time for a new set of people with no exposure or immunity to reach adulthood and die (the deadliest influenza viruses predominantly kill healthy adults, not the infants and elderly who are t ...more
Maurice Hilleman developed many of the vaccines in use today, though his name is unknown to just about everybody. Offit's biography is a lovely tribute to the man who has saved so many lives with his work.
The science parts of the book are well-written and accessible--the painstaking methods used to develop vaccines are fascinating and it's hard to believe how sophisticated the work was without computers and other technology that now makes quick work of tasks that used to take weeks.
Offit brings ...more