Vaccinated: One Man's Quest to Defeat the World's Deadliest Diseases
His goal—to prevent every disease that commonly attacked children—was 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 diseases — including mumps, rubella, and measles — nearly forgotten. Author Paul A. Offit's ri...more
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Vaccinated is about the history of vaccines, in particular those in the 20th century, and in even more particular by one Maurice Hilleman. You might think that's a limiting scope until you realize he's behind the measles, hep a, hep b, meningitis, mumps, ... and other vaccines. Guy's a monster. He never received any Nobel prize (or much public recognition), because Nobel prizes are for scientific discoveries, not for people who the people who ...more
"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
“Vaccinated” tells the important yet little known story of the father of modern vaccines Maurice Hilleman. Professor of Vaccinology and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Paul A. Offit describes in wonderful detail the research behind the vaccines that transformed the world. This insightful 272-page book includes the following twelve unnumbered chapters: The Time Capsu ...more
Offit writing style is quite plain, but he makes up for that giving plenty of good information in a very sensible way.
He manages to go into the science deep enough for readers to understand what's actually going on, but he avoids jargon-ridden explanations which would be somewhat confusing.
So I would say he managed to write a very balanced book.
Vaccinated is the story of Maurice Hilleman, who developed not one but nine! of the most important vaccines.
We are told shortly ...more
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
I got more and more infuriated at the ignorance of people who refuse to vaccinate their children as the book went on.
I felt the author oftentimes excused things that were simply atrocious that used to happen when testing vaccines. Testing vaccines on mentally challenged children isn't kosher no matter how he tried to spin it. He would've been better off not trying to excuse it in my opinion.
I also felt that this book jumped around a lot from different points in time as well as different discoveries and people. I found myself lost if I had ...more
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
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
The author does a great job of both explaining the importance of vaccinations a ...more
Pharmaceutical companies in the United States made vaccines by growing bacteria in pure culture, killing them with chemicals, and putting dead bacteria in a tablet. They called these vaccines bacterins. Bacterins were sold to prevent strep throat, acne, gonorrhea, skin infections, pneumonia, scarlet fever, meningitis, and intestinal and bladder infections. Bacterins were easily ingested, readily available, simple to make, and highly lucrative. There was only one problem: they didn’t work. Nor...more
Hillman was somewhat off-putting as an individual: haughty, profane and demanding. His vaccine trial methods – using them on children in h ...more
Dr Maurice Hilleman arguably had the greatest positive influence on human health in the history of the world. Through ingenuity, drive, and sheer chutzpah, he developed not one, not two, but NINE modern vaccines to prevent measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, Hep A, Hep B, pneumococcus, meningococcus, and Haemophilus influenzae type B. Most remain in use to this day, and have collectively prevented billions of cases of di ...more
Dr. Offit uses Hilleman's work to organize the book and take readers through t ...more
The author also discusses the claim that autism is linked with vaccinations, and he very convincingly rebuts the notion. Interestingly enough, while I was reading this book, I discovered a news article that reinforced the author's claim. The art ...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