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Author Thomas, Patricia.

Title Big shot : passion, politics, and the struggle for an AIDS vaccine / Patricia Thomas.

Publication Info. New York : Public Affairs, [2001]


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 Manchester, Main Library - Non Fiction  616.9792 THOMAS    Check Shelf
Description xi, 515 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [480]-495) and index.
Summary A veteran journalist dramatizes the controversial search for an AIDS vaccine-the players, the politics, the money-in a vivid, suspenseful story that reveals how science is done and not done, in America today. A journalist who has written widely about medical research, Thomas recounts how the search for an AIDS vaccine has taken a back seat to the search by major pharmaceutical companies for expensive drugs to kill the virus. She found social attitudes towards the disease, careerism and timidity among bureaucrats, and corporate anxieties about profits and liability to be primary roadblocks to research.
Contents I. The Age of Discovery: April 1984-March 1994. 1. Whistling Past the Graveyard. 2. Are We Not Men? We Are Genentech. 3. Naked Came the DNA. 4. Where the Live Things Are. 5. Trouble in the Ivory Tower. 6. Soldiers at War -- II. The Watershed: April-June 1994. 7. Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained. 8. May Is the Cruelest Month. 9. Death in the Afternoon -- III. Going to Trial: July 1994-August 2000. 10. The Big Chill. 11. The Virus Must Be Laughing at Us. 12. The Next Generation. 13. The Catbird Seat.
Subject AIDS vaccines -- Popular works.
AIDS Vaccines -- history.
AIDS Vaccines -- economics.
Health Policy.
History, 20th Century.
ISBN 1891620886
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