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By Andrew W. Artenstein (auth.), Andrew W. Artenstein (eds.)

Recounting the social, cultural, and medical background of vaccines, Vaccines: A Biography lines the lineage—the ‘biography’—of person vaccines, originating with deeply rooted scientific difficulties, following principles as they're conceived and built, top finally to functional, preventive suggestions to significant public illnesses in society. but those usually are not ‘biographies’ within the conventional feel; they don't hint an individual’s progress and improvement. those are epic tales of discovery, of risk-takers. they've got all of the trappings of fiction: powerful protagonists who prevail opposed to occasionally nice odds, interpersonal conflicts, deceit, political intrigue, moral dilemmas, and dramatic, if now not staged occasions. they're set within the significant facilities of Europe and the U.S., on farms and in slums, and in unique venues from Calcutta to French Indochina to Cairo to Panama. They take place within the halls of academia, learn laboratories, the chambers of presidency, and at the battlefields of battle. At its middle, Vaccine: A Biography is the historical past of people advancing scientific technological know-how, within the phrases of the recognized actual scientist Isaac Newton, "by status at the shoulders of giants".

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