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The Virus and the Vaccine: The True Story of a Cancer-Causing Monkey Virus, Contaminated Polio Vaccine, and the Millions of Americans Exposed [NOOK Book]

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"The Virus and the Vaccine has its share of heroes and villains, like any good novel-except that this is not fiction. 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. It offers an inside look at how scientific thinking evolves and how scientists must struggle to overcome ...
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The Virus and the Vaccine: The True Story of a Cancer-Causing Monkey Virus, Contaminated Polio Vaccine, and the Millions of Americans Exposed

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"The Virus and the Vaccine has its share of heroes and villains, like any good novel-except that this is not fiction. 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. It offers an inside look at how scientific thinking evolves and how scientists must struggle to overcome established dogmas."
- Dr. Norman J. Maitland, Professor of Molecular Biology, Director of 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 after discovering that the original polio vaccines were contaminated with a cancer-causing monkey virus. Debbie Bookchin and Jim Schumacher's 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

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Journalists Bookchin and Schumacher argue that for nine years, from 1954 to 1963, almost every dose of polio vaccine produced in the world-and the 98 million Americans who received polio vaccinations-was contaminated with a cancer-causing virus from the monkey kidneys used to develop the vaccine. Although the polio vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk virtually ended polio as a threatening disease, the authors detail how "the screening techniques and observation periods that Salk and the vaccine manufacturers employed were not capable of always catching the contaminants." This sordid story spells out how repeated research studies showing that the "SV40" virus was in the vaccine were dismissed by federal health officials, so that "there would be no warning to consumers that the vaccine they and their children were receiving contained a live monkey virus whose effect on humans was entirely unknown." In the second part, the authors contend that even today such organizations as the National Institutes of Health continue to dismiss study results, even though numerous studies have shown that SV40 is capable of causing cancer in humans. The final and most horrific part of the story reports that Lederle Laboratories, the sole oral vaccine supplier in the U.S. from 1977 onward, continued to use monkey kidneys possibly infected by the SV40 virus in its manufacturing process until oral polio vaccine was removed from the market as late as January 2000. This meticulously researched, levelheaded and well-written book should stir up considerable debate. Because the authors never become alarmist, this solid work of investigative reporting carries considerable weight, and deserves to be read by a large audience. Agent, David Black. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466848993
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 7/2/2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 322,506
  • File size: 598 KB

Meet the Author


Debbie Bookchin is a prize-winning journalist who has written for The New York Times, The Nation, and The Boston Globe, among others.

Jim Schumacher has written science articles for periodicals including the Atlantic Monthly and Boston Magazine. They are married to each other and live in Burlington, Vermont.

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Table of Contents

Introduction XI
1. The Paralyzed President 1
2. A Nation at War with Polio 10
3. A Young Man from Pittsburgh 19
4. The Vaccine that Opened Pandora's Box 31
5. Triumph and Disaster 46
6. Does Anyone Know What's in This Vaccine? 57
7. The Virus Discovered 69
8. "We Were Scared of SV40" 86
9. "The Worst Thing in the World" 99
10. Why Not a Safer Vaccine? 118
11. Everyone Knows SV40 Doesn't Cause Cancer 132
12. "A Wild-Assed Idea" 146
13. Don't Inflame the Public 161
14. A Call to Turn Aside the Dogma 175
15. On the Scientific Map 187
16. The Perfect War Machine 203
17. A Study Marred by Strife 218
18. Wasted Time, Wasted Money 229
19. No Funding, No Research 245
20. Alexander's Tumor 259
Conclusion 278
Notes and Sources 287
Appendix A Association of SV40 with Human Disease 333
Appendix B Correspondence between Bernice Eddy, Joseph Smadel, and Roderick Murray (chapters 6 and 7) 343
Appendix C Documents and Articles Concerning the Discovery of SV40 in Salk's and Sabin's Vaccines (chapters 8 and 9) 347
Appendix D Memos and Correspondence Relating to Multi-Laboratory Study and Carbone-Pass Rapid Access to Intervention Development (RAID) Grant (chapters 17 and 18) 353
Acknowledgments 365
Index 369
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