Vaccines: A Biography

  • Andrew W. Artenstein

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Andrew W. Artenstein
    Pages 9-29
  3. Peter C. B. Turnbull
    Pages 57-71
  4. Hervé Bourhy, Annick Perrot, Jean-Marc Cavaillon
    Pages 73-85
  5. Charles C. J. Carpenter, Richard B. Hornick
    Pages 87-103
  6. John D. Grabenstein
    Pages 105-124
  7. Marina Gheorghiu, Micheline Lagranderie, Anne-Marie Balazuc
    Pages 125-140
  8. Nicholas C. Artenstein, Andrew W. Artenstein
    Pages 141-158
  9. Thomas P. Monath
    Pages 159-189
  10. Andrew W. Artenstein
    Pages 191-205
  11. David Oshinsky
    Pages 207-221
  12. Kathleen M. Gallagher, Stanley A. Plotkin, Samuel L. Katz, Walter A. Orenstein
    Pages 223-247
  13. Alan Cross, Phil Russell
    Pages 249-264
  14. Anne A. Gershon
    Pages 265-277
  15. Andrew W. Artenstein
    Pages 279-299
  16. Baruch S. Blumberg
    Pages 301-315
  17. Scott B. Halstead
    Pages 317-333
  18. Leonard N. Binn, Stanley M. Lemon
    Pages 335-346
  19. Penelope H. Dennehy
    Pages 347-360
  20. Ian H. Frazer
    Pages 361-373
  21. Back Matter
    Pages 387-401

About this book


Recounting the social, cultural, and scientific history of vaccines, Vaccines: A Biography traces the lineage—the ‘biography’—of individual vaccines, originating with deeply rooted medical problems, following ideas as they are conceived and developed, leading eventually to practical, preventive solutions to major public health problems in society. Yet these are not ‘biographies’ in the traditional sense; they do not trace an individual’s growth and development. These are epic stories of discovery, of risk-takers. They have all the trappings of fiction: strong protagonists who succeed against sometimes great odds, interpersonal conflicts, deceit, political intrigue, ethical dilemmas, and dramatic, if not staged events. They are set in the major centers of Europe and the United States, on farms and in slums, and in exotic venues from Calcutta to French Indochina to Cairo to Panama. They occur in the halls of academia, research laboratories, the chambers of government, and on the battlefields of war. At its core, Vaccine: A Biography is the history of individuals advancing medical science, in the words of the famous physical scientist Isaac Newton, "by standing on the shoulders of giants".


Diseases Hepatitis History History of Medicine Immunology Vaccines Virology infectious infectious disease infectious diseases vaccine

Editors and affiliations

  • Andrew W. Artenstein
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. Medicine & Community HealthBrown UniversityProvidenceU.S.A.

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