A Vaccine Disaster and Its Fateful Shadow

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Science  11 Nov 2005:
Vol. 310, Issue 5750, pp. 975
DOI: 10.1126/science.1119502

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The Cutter Incident. How America's First Polio Vaccine Led to the Growing Vaccine Crisis. By Paul A. Offit. Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2005. 250 pp. $27.50. ISBN 0-300-10864-8.

The author discusses the production of Salk vaccine at Cutter Laboratories, the tragic effects of the inadvertent injection of 200,000 people with live virulent polio virus, the subsequent legal proceedings, and the shadow those have cast on the development of new vaccines.