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作者 Wadman, Meredith, author
書名 The vaccine race : science, politics, and the human costs of defeating disease / Meredith Wadman
出版項 New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017]
國際標準書號 9780525427537 (hardback)
9780698177789 (ebook)
9781473509375 (UK)
book jacket
館藏地 索書號 處理狀態 OPAC 訊息 條碼
 人文社會聯圖  RA644.M5 W33 2017    在架上    30610020543146
 人社中心  RA644.M5 W33 2017    在架上    30560400657307
說明 436 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
附註 Includes bibliographical references (pages 369-419) and index
Also published by Doubleday in 2017 under the title: The vaccine race : how scientists used human cells to combat killer viruses
"The epic and controversial story of a major breakthrough in cell biology that led to the creation of some of the world's most important vaccines. Until the late 1960s, tens of thousands of American children suffered crippling birth defects if their mothers had been exposed to rubella, popularly known as German measles, while pregnant; there was no vaccine and little understanding of how the disease devastated fetuses. In June 1962, a young biologist in Philadelphia, using tissue extracted from an aborted fetus from Sweden, produced safe, clean cells that allowed the creation of vaccines against rubella and other common childhood diseases. Two years later, in the midst of a devastating German measles epidemic, his colleague developed the vaccine that would one day wipe out homegrown rubella. The rubella vaccine and others made with those fetal cells have protected more than 150 million people in the United States, the vast majority of them preschoolers. The new cells and the method of making them also led to vaccines that have protected billions of people around the world from polio, rabies, chicken pox, measles, hepatitis A, shingles and adenovirus. Meredith Wadman's masterful account recovers not only the science of this urgent race, but also the political roadblocks that nearly stopped the scientists. She describes the terrible dilemmas of pregnant women exposed to German measles and recounts testing on infants, prisoners, orphans, and the intellectually disabled, which was common in the era. These events take place at the dawn of the battle over using human fetal tissue in research, during the arrival of big commerce in campus labs, and as huge changes take place in the laws and practices governing who "owns" research cells and the profits made from biological inventions. It is also the story of yet one more unrecognized woman whose cells have been used to save countless lives. With another frightening virus imperiling pregnant women on the rise today, no medical story could have more human drama, impact, or urgency today than The Vaccine Race"--Provided by publisher
鏈接 Online version: Wadman, Meredith, author. Vaccine race New York, New York : Viking, [2016] 9780698177789 (DLC) 2016045456
主題 Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine -- history
Human Experimentation -- history
History, 20th Century
United States
Alt Title The vaccine race : how scientists used human cells to combat killer viruses
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