Vaccinated: Triumph, Controversy, and An Uncertain F

Vaccinated: Triumph, Controversy, and An Uncertain F

by Paul A. Offit M.D.
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Vaccinated: One Man's Quest to Defeat the World's Deadliest Diseases 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had no idea how vaccines came about and who created them and how they were invented or tested until I read this amazing book! It's fascinating and informative! Until I read this book I had no clear picture of the devastation and tragedy these deadly diseases caused pre vaccine. Millions of people around the world (mostly children and including in the US) died yearly and just as many were crippled and maimed by them every year. This man should be revered and honored throughout the word and I am shocked I am only just hearing his story. Read this book!
Anonymous 9 months ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It strikes a brilliant balance between being thorough in it's scientific explanations and being, well, not over my head. Dr. Offit also masterfully weaves together the many different histories of the various people, scientific advances, and political agendas involved in the story of modern vaccines. I highly recommend reading this book.
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Novangelis More than 1 year ago
There are few books that show the direct impact that microbiology has on modern life. There are fewer that show the impact going down to the level of technique and can remain available to the untrained reader. This book does not require understanding of technique, but for the trained, it increases appreciation. An unsung hero gets his song in a book that is about both him and his field of work. It deviates away from him frequently, but only to discuss relevant subjects then returns to the subject in a way that makes you want to read more. The back cover notes that Dr. Offit worked on the rotavirus vaccine, so he is very well informed on the subjects he discusses. When the vaccine development is discussed, it seems odd that he does not mention his role, but the final chapter puts this in perspective. The references section is substantial. This book is an excellent starting point for anyone wanting to learn about vaccines. This book is a worthy companion to "Microbe Hunters". They both show the good and occasional bad that microbiology have provided to modern life. For the microbiologist is is a marvelous perspective on what has been done, and for the general reader it shows the contributions of microbiology to modern life which are taken for granted. Where Paul de Kruif used flourishes of poetic hyperbole and ebullient enthusiasm, Paul Offit uses genuine human interest. This is a must-read for microbiologists and a should-read for those who love the history of science and technology.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whether you have a science or health care background or are simply interested in the history and science of vaccines, you will find this book absolutely engaging. Dr. Offit captures the history of vaccines in enough detail to keep the reader interested but does not overwhelm with historical descriptions. Some of the history will shock you. Even better, Dr. Offit clearly, succinctly, and engagingly explains the science behind the various vaccines and their development techniques. Those with a medical/nursing/research background may find the science a bit basic but will still appreciate the picture that Dr. Offit's basic explanations present. A must read!
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