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Vaccinated: One Man's Quest to Defeat the World's Deadliest Diseases
Vaccinated: One Man's Quest to Defeat the World's Deadliest Diseases
by Paul A., M.D. Offit
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible, clearly explained science and biography, 12 Oct. 2014
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Offit has written this piece in a very accessible and easy to follow format.

Using the life of Maurice Hilleman who worked for Merck, he explains the evolution of vaccines from Edward Jenner to the modern scandal with Andrew Wakefield, or to give him his proper medical title, Mr Andrew Wakefield.

Reading through this chronicle of the life of Hilleman it is really easy to see where some anti-vaxxers can be honestly mistaken in thinking there may be harm in vaccines as there are plenty of chemicals that sound at face value rather unappealing. However, understanding the research, testing procedure, and measured results that are clearly laid out by Offit, it's very satisfactory and straight forward to put one's mind at rest that these common claims are entirely unfounded.

Hilleman comes across as being a rather uncomplicated, tenacious individual determined to save as many lives as he possibly could, failing in only one self-selected goal, that of making a cancer vaccine.

if you currently have any opinion on vaccines, positive or negative, then get this book and inform yourself as to how they work, why they contain the chemicals they do and also how wonderfully effective they are!

The Gingerbread House (Hammarby 1)
The Gingerbread House (Hammarby 1)
by Carin Gerhardsen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Obvious, linear storyline, 27 Feb. 2014
I have never written a review before but feel compelled to in order to encourage you to save your money.

From the outset the motivation of the criminal is completely obvious and we learn nothing about the character as the story unfolds. From this point of view the story is like the tv show Columbo but it's missing the genius of Peter Falk in the protagonist of Conny Sjoberg. Far from being the typical detective who has personal problems and stresses that must be fought in order to maintain productivity in work, Sjoberg has a fantastic home life and only fights with his wife once - when he has to work over the weekend in order to solve the murder case.

The story takes so long to unfold not because the police have competing theories or conflicting evidence but apparently Sweden is the only country in the developed world that does not have a centralised fingerprint database. As such it takes about three quarters of the way through before the cases are eventually linked when regional police forces post their fingerprint analyses to Stockholm. Yes, you read that correctly, the results of the analyses are posted in hard copy format, as if this story is set a hundred years ago.
After the confirmation that the murders are linked the case takes one day to solve. Huzzah for efficiency! Imagine if they had wanted to work this hard before, other victims would have been spared.

Do I need to tell you that this is a completely rubbish book? I must have been reading a different story to everyone else because they all seem to love it and have identified multiple twists. Where are these?

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