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The Cutter incident [electronic resource] : how America's first polio vaccine led to the growing vaccine crisis / Paul A. Offit.

By: Offit, Paul A.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, c2005Description: 1 online resource (xii, 238 p.) : ill.ISBN: 9780300130379 (electronic bk.); 0300130376 (electronic bk.); 9780300108644 (cloth : alk. paper); 0300108648 (cloth : alk. paper); 1281722103; 9781281722102.Subject(s): Cutter Laboratories | Cutter Laboratories | Poliomyelitis vaccine -- History | Poliomyelitis -- Vaccination -- United States -- History | Vaccines -- United States | Poliovirus Vaccines -- United States -- History -- Popular Works | Disease Outbreaks -- United States -- History -- Popular Works | Drug Industry -- United States -- History -- Popular Works | History, 20th Century -- United States -- Popular Works | Mass Immunization -- United States -- History -- Popular Works | Poliomyelitis -- United States -- History -- Popular Works | MEDICAL -- Preventive Medicine | MEDICAL -- Forensic Medicine | MEDICAL -- Public Health | Electronic books | პოლიომიელიტი-- პოლიომიელიტის ვაქცინის ისტორიაGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Cutter incident.DDC classification: 614.5/49/0973 LOC classification: QR189.5.P6 | O44 2005ebOnline resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Little white coffins -- Back to the drawing board -- Grand experiment -- How does it feel to be a killer of children? -- Man-made polio epidemic -- What went wrong at Cutter Laboratories -- Cutter in court -- Cigars, parasites, and human toes -- Death for the lambs.
Summary: This remarkable book recounts for the first time a devastating episode in 1955 at Cutter Laboratories in Berkeley, California, that has led many pharmaceutical companies to abandon vaccine manufacture. Drawing on interviews with public health officials, pharmaceutical company executives, attorneys, Cutter employees and victims of the vaccine, as well as on previously unavailable archives, Dr. Paul Offit offers a full account of the Cutter disaster. He describes America's relief when the polio vaccine was developed by Jonas Salk in 1955, the production of the vaccine at industrial facilities such as the one operated by Cutter, and the tragedy that occurred when 200,000 people were inadvertently injected with live virulent polio virus: 70,000 became ill, 200 were permanently paralysed and 10 died. Dr. Offit also explores how, as a consequence of the tragedy, one jury's verdict set in motion events that eventually suppressed the production of vaccines already licensed and deterred the development of new vaccines that hold the promise of preventing other fatal diseases.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 225-227) and index.

Little white coffins -- Back to the drawing board -- Grand experiment -- How does it feel to be a killer of children? -- Man-made polio epidemic -- What went wrong at Cutter Laboratories -- Cutter in court -- Cigars, parasites, and human toes -- Death for the lambs.

This remarkable book recounts for the first time a devastating episode in 1955 at Cutter Laboratories in Berkeley, California, that has led many pharmaceutical companies to abandon vaccine manufacture. Drawing on interviews with public health officials, pharmaceutical company executives, attorneys, Cutter employees and victims of the vaccine, as well as on previously unavailable archives, Dr. Paul Offit offers a full account of the Cutter disaster. He describes America's relief when the polio vaccine was developed by Jonas Salk in 1955, the production of the vaccine at industrial facilities such as the one operated by Cutter, and the tragedy that occurred when 200,000 people were inadvertently injected with live virulent polio virus: 70,000 became ill, 200 were permanently paralysed and 10 died. Dr. Offit also explores how, as a consequence of the tragedy, one jury's verdict set in motion events that eventually suppressed the production of vaccines already licensed and deterred the development of new vaccines that hold the promise of preventing other fatal diseases.

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