History of Vaccine Development

  • Stanley A. Plotkin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Stanley A. Plotkin
    Pages 1-4
  3. Ian Bailey
    Pages 21-25
  4. Edgar H. Relyveld
    Pages 57-64
  5. Robert Austrian
    Pages 83-90
  6. John B. Robbins, Rachel Schneerson, Shouson C. Szu, Vince Pozsgay
    Pages 91-102
  7. Hilary Koprowski
    Pages 103-107
  8. Samuel L. Katz, Catherine M. Wilfert, Frederick C. Robbins
    Pages 145-149
  9. Joseph Melnick
    Pages 167-177
  10. A. John Beale
    Pages 179-187
  11. Constant Huygelen
    Pages 189-197
  12. John T. Schiller, Douglas R. Lowy
    Pages 265-284
  13. Albert Z. Kapikian
    Pages 285-314
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 339-349

About this book


The history of vaccines now goes back over 300 years to the work of Jenner but the last 50 years have seen an enormous acceleration of the pace of vaccine development and, accordingly, the impact on infectious diseases. 

However, no vaccine development has been easy and there is an interesting story attached to each.  The editor of this book brought together a number of the scientists responsible for modern vaccines and historians familiar with the stories about the ones developed in earlier centuries.  

The chapters in this book recount the hard work and detours that are intimately associated with vaccine development and give some sense of the perseverance that gave public health the tools of modern preventive medicine.  

Editors and affiliations

  • Stanley A. Plotkin
    • 1
  1. 1., Emeritus Professor of PediatricsUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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