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The Spirit of Swiftwater

  • The Spirit of Swiftwater
The Spirit of Swiftwater, Jeff Widmer. 1997. Hardcover, 9.25 inches x 11.75 inches, 150 pages
Subtitled, "100 Years at the Pocono Labs," this is the corporate history of the vaccine laboratory founded in Swiftwater in 1897, today known as Sanofi Pasteur.

The book chronicles the pioneers of immunization who fought against the odds to establish this form of health care as standard public policy in America. Spanning the century, this casebound volume takes readers behind the scenes to view the struggles and triumphs of the people and companies that shaped modern medicine. Contains 144 archival and contemporary photos, plus glossary and index.

From the author: “Like many people, I used to take vaccines for granted. I guess you do if you're healthy. But at the turn of the century, the protection offered by this kind of preventive medicine was by no means guaranteed, and a public backlash ensued. Researching these stories gave me a much deeper appreciation of the struggles of these pioneers, and the importance of public policy in this area. While manufacturers today receive much of the credit for advances in the field, I find the most compelling stories are those of the people who risked their finances and reputations so others could lead healthier lives.”

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