The Virus and the Vaccine: The True Story of a Cancer-Causing Monkey Virus, Contaminated Polio Vaccine, and the Millions of Amer (Hardcover)

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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.

About the Author


Debbie Bookchin is a prize-winning journalist who has written for "The New York Times, The Nation," and" The Boston Globe," among others.

Jim Schumacher has written science articles for periodicals including the "Atlantic Monthly "and" Boston Magazine." They are married to each other and live in Burlington, Vermont.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780312278724
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: January 1st, 2004
Pages: 400