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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

St. Martin's Press

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.

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  • Debbie Bookchin and Jim Schumacher

  • 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.
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The True Story of a Cancer-Causing Monkey Virus, Contaminated Polio Vaccine, and the Millions of Americans Exposed

Debbie Bookchin and Jim Schumacher

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