Medicine And Books

Networks of Innovation: Vaccine Development at Merck, Sharp and Dohme, and Mulford, 1895-1995

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 06 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:60
  1. Gareth W Roberts

    Louis Galambos, Jane Eliot Sewell Cambridge University Press, £35, pp 273 ISBN 0 521 56308 9

    Fear of plagues makes for bestselling material. Books such as The Hot Zone and The Coming Plague have made bugs into Hollywood blockbusters. Networks of Investigation chronicles a century of struggle between industry and bacteria by telling the story of Merck, Sharp and Dohme's efforts to acquire, develop, and sustain the skills and abilities needed to manufacture and market new serum antitoxins and vaccines.

    I had hoped for an entertaining and insightful read. Insights there are, but this is a book for aficionados of the topic: the style …

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