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The Vaccine Race

Hardcover $30.00

Feb 07, 2017 | 448 Pages

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Feb 07, 2017 | 448 Pages

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Feb 07, 2017 | 1154 Minutes

  • Hardcover $30.00

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“Riveting . . . [The Vaccine Race] invites comparison with Rebecca Skloot’s 2007 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”—Nature  

“Meticulously researched and carefully crafted . . . The Vaccine Race, is an enlightening telling of the development of vaccines in the mid-20th century. . . . an intelligent and entertaining tome . . . [and] a comprehensive portrait of the many issues faced in the race to develop vaccines.”
“A riveting tale of scientific infighting, clashing personalities, sketchy ethics, and the transformation of cell biology from a sleepy scientific backwater to a high-stakes arena where vast fortunes are made.”
The Wall Street Journal
“Wadman’s research is extensive, and her book is packed with anecdotes and details of the science, the times, and the people.”
The Boston Globe
“The Vaccine Race is an important read—for scientists, politicians, physicians, parents and everyone interested in how the world of medical research works. . . . A very compelling read.”
The Huffington Post
“This is a story about the war against disease–a war without end–and the development of enormously important vaccines, but in telling that story, in showing how science works, Meredith Wadman reveals much more. Like all wars, that story includes heroism, risk-taking, persistence, and fighting against the odds, and, like all wars, that story also includes politics, obtuseness, bureaucracy, and fights over money. It’s very well-written and does not oversimplify yet explains clearly even the purely scientific parts of the story. In short, I loved this book.”
John M. Barry, New York Times bestselling author of The Great Influenza
“Meredith Wadman rolls up her sleeves and takes an uncompromising look at the sometimes unethical, often crude, and always rough-and-tumble world of one of the greatest success stories in public health: vaccines. What she finds will no doubt surprise you.”
Paul A. Offit, MD, author of Pandora’s Lab: Seven Stories of Science Gone Wrong and Autism’s False Prophets
“A gripping story with strong resonance in the age of Zika and Ebola–and a powerful reminder of the ways in which researchers approached the ethics of medical testing only fifty years ago.”
Henry T. Greely, Director of Stanford’s Center for Law and the Biosciences and author of The End of Sex
“The fascinating story of  the scientific battle over–among other important matters–whether human vaccines should be grown in human or animal cells. The hero of this story is Leonard Hayflick, who favored human cells. Fortunately for all of us, he won out.”
Stanley M. Gartler, Prof. Emeritus, Medical Genetics, University of Washington
“An exemplary piece of medical journalism.”
Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)
“An important story well told, featuring the drama and characters needed to make this a candidate for film adaptation.”
Kirkus Reviews
“It is a story of human tragedy and greatness, of curiosity and ambition, of turf battles and ethical lapses, and of what we would call today ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ about the use of cells from an aborted fetus.”
Dallas Morning News

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