Seth Mnookin is a Professor of Science Writing and the Director of the Graduate Program in Science Writing at MIT. His book about vaccines, The Panic Virus: The True Story Behind the Vaccine-Autism Controversy, won the National Association of Science Writers 2012 “Science in Society” Award and the New England chapter of the American Medical Writers Association’s Will Solimene Award for Excellence.
Interviews with Seth Mnookin
Polio: An American Story
by David Oshinsky
Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine's Greatest Lifesaver
by Arthur Allen
The Cutter Incident: How America's First Polio Vaccine Led to the Growing Vaccine Crisis
by Paul Offit
by Paul de Kruif
The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic
by Steven Johnson
November 9th, 2020: We’ve just heard the news that Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine is 90% effective, at least in the short-term, raising the possibility that the coronavirus pandemic may finally be brought to an end. The history of vaccines is an absolutely fascinating one, and we highly recommend all the books discussed in this 2013 interview with Seth Mnookin, author of The Panic Virus and Professor of Science Writing at MIT. These are all gripping reads that tell the story of vaccines, medicine’s greatest life-saver, and the risks people took to find them.