The virus and the vaccine book
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The Virus and the Vaccine
Jonas Salk's polio vaccine is regarded as a veritbale medical miracle, for it largely eradicated one of the most feared diseases of the 20th century. But the story of the vaccine has a dark side, one that has never been fully told before. Between and , close to 98 million Americans received polio vaccinations contaminated with a carcinogenic monkey virus, now known as SV The government downplayed the incident, and it was generally accepted that although oncogenic to lab animals, SV40 was harmless to humans. But now SV40 is showing up in human cancers, and prominent researchers are demanding a serious public health response to this forgotten polio vaccine contaminant. A gripping medical detective story, The Virus and the Vaccine raises major questions about vaccine policy.
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NCBI Bookshelf. Immunization to protect children and adults from many infectious diseases is one of the greatest achievements of public health. Immunization is not without risks, however.
Journalists Bookchin and Schumacher argue that for nine years, from to , 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. The final and most horrific part of the story reports that Lederle Laboratories, the sole oral vaccine supplier in the U. 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.