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Science  03 Feb 2017:
Vol. 355, Issue 6324, pp. 464
DOI: 10.1126/science.aal3752

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Meredith Wadman's meticulously researched and carefully crafted book, The Vaccine Race, is an enlightening telling of the development of vaccines in the mid-20th century. Drawing from firsthand interviews, personal correspondence, journal articles, and governmental archival documents, Wadman relates the work of the brilliant scientists who toiled for years to develop vaccines against diseases including polio, rubella, and rabies; the experiences of vulnerable individuals who were unwittingly enrolled in vaccine trials; and the suffering of families and individuals devastated by diseases that have since been nearly eradicated by vaccination.

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    Meredith Wadman joined the Science staff while this review was in preparation. No alterations were made to the review in light of this development.