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Author Bookchin, Debbie.

Title The virus and the vaccine : the true story of a cancer-causing monkey virus, contaminated polio vaccine, and the millions of Americans exposed / Debbie Bookchin and Jim Schumacher.

Published New York : St. Martin's Press, [2004]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  614.5999 BOOK    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Physical description xvii, 380 pages ; 25 cm
Contents 1. Paralyzed President 1 -- 2. A Nation at War with Polio 10 -- 3. A Young Man from Pittsburgh 19 -- 4. Vaccine that Opened Pandora's Box 31 -- 5. Triumph and Disaster 46 -- 6. Does Anyone Know What's in This Vaccine? 57 -- 7. Virus Discovered 69 -- 8. "We Were Scared of SV40" 86 -- 9. "The Worst Thing in the World" 99 -- 10. Why Not a Safer Vaccine? 118 -- 11. Everyone Knows SV40 Doesn't Cause Cancer 132 -- 12. "A Wild-Assed Idea" 146 -- 13. Don't Inflame the Public 161 -- 14. A Call to Turn Aside the Dogma 175 -- 15. On the Scientific Map 187 -- 16. Perfect War Machine 203 -- 17. A Study Marred by Strife 218 -- 18. Wasted Time, Wasted Money 229 -- 19. No Funding, No Research 245 -- 20. Alexander's Tumor 259 -- Appendix A Association of SV40 with Human Disease 333 -- Appendix B Correspondence between Bernice Eddy, Joseph Smadel, and Roderick Murray (chapters 6 and 7) 343 -- Appendix C Documents and Articles Concerning the Discovery of SV40 in Salk's and Sabin's Vaccines (chapters 8 and 9) 347 -- Appendix D Memos and Correspondence Relating to Multi-Laboratory Study and Carbone-Pass Rapid Access to Intervention Development (RAID) Grant (chapters 17 and 18) 353.
Summary Jonas Salk's polio vaccine has taken on an almost legendary quality as a 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 1954 and 1963, close to 98 million Americans received polio vaccinations contaminated with a carcinogenic monkey virus, now known as SV40. A concerted government effort downplayed the incident, and it was generally accepted that although oncogenic to laboratory animals, SV40 was harmless to humans. But now SV40 in 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.
Other author Schumacher, Jim, 1955-
Subject SV40 (Virus) -- History -- Popular works.
Poliomyelitis vaccine -- Contamination -- History -- Popular works.
ISBN 0312278721