Maurice Hilleman !!! remember that name

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Maurice Hilleman !!! remember that name

#1  Postby Macdoc » Aug 06, 2018 4:23 am

Who ??? .....yep that's about the sum of it but he should be in the pantheon of medical greats.....perhaps at the head.


Maurice Hilleman, PhD, developed over 40 vaccines from 1940s to 2000s, notably measles, mumps, and hepatitis B, among other accomplishments. Some observers have noted that Hilleman may have saved more lives than any other single person.

Hilleman received many awards and honors for his contributions to human health. Among them were the Albert Lasker Medical Research Award (1983), the National Medal of Science (1988), the Robert Koch Gold Medal (1989), the World Health Organization’s Special Lifetime Achievement Award (1996), and the Albert B. Sabin Lifetime Achievement Award (1997). Hilleman was elected to the National Academy of Science in 1985. He died in 2005 at the age of 85.

Maurice Hilleman invented eight of the fourteen vaccines used in routine vaccination schedules today. In an unusually long and productive career in science he developed over 40 vaccines – an enormous number compared with more celebrated scientists, such as Pasteur, Sabin, and Salk. In fact, Maurice Hilleman is the most prolific inventor of vaccines in history.

Countless millions of people owe their lives to his work. An even greater number of people have been spared permanent disabilities such as blindness and deafness. His vaccines may account for as many as eight million lives saved every year.

If I had to name a person who has done more for the benefit of human health, with less recognition than anyone else, it would be Maurice Hilleman. Maurice should be recognized as the most successful vaccinologist in history.”

This is a good short read

This is better


Maurice Hilleman's mother died a day after he was born and his twin sister stillborn. As an adult, he said that he felt he had escaped an appointment with death. He made it his life's work to see that others could do the same. Born into the life of a Montana chicken farmer, Hilleman ran off to the University of Chicago to become a microbiologist, and eventually joined Merck, the pharmaceutical company, to pursue his goal of eliminating childhood disease. Chief among his accomplishments are nine vaccines that practically every child gets, rendering formerly dread diseases—including often devastating ones such as mumps and rubella—practically toothless and nearly forgotten; his measles vaccine alone saves several million lives every year.

Vaccinated is not a biography; Hilleman's experience forms the basis for a rich and lively narrative of two hundred years of medical history, ranging across the globe and throughout time to take in a cast of hundreds, all caught up, intentionally or otherwise, in the story of vaccines. It is an inspiring and triumphant tale, but one with a cautionary aspect, as vaccines come under assault from people blaming vaccines for autism and worse. Paul Offit clearly and compellingly rebuts those arguments, and, by demonstrating how much the work of Hilleman and others has gained for humanity, shows us how much we have to lose.

How is it one man saves millions with his vaccines and we have never heard of him :scratch:

Nice segue from the Influenza book and The Drug Hunters both excellent reads

Hilleman's style of working was icono-clastic. Dr Offit said, “To give you an example of how he worked, in 1963, [when his daughter had the classic symptoms of the mumps,] he swabbed the back of his daughter's throat, brought it to the lab to culture, and by 1967, there was a vaccine.” He added, “Today's regulation would preclude that from happening... If Maurice was alive today, I doubt he would be able to be Maurice. He was a very strong willed person and a person like him could face a high level of inertia.”

The vaccine for mumps remains named after his daughter.

Mumpsvax is Merck's brand of Jeryl Lynn strain vaccines[6][7] and is the mumps vaccine standard in the United States. The Jeryl Lynn strains have been in use since 1967,

Even there ...he did not include his family name....or star in the photo


This iconic photo in the history of vaccines is of Robert Weibel, MD, vaccinating Kirsten Hilleman with the mumps vaccine – which was developed by her father, Dr. Maurice R. Hilleman. Fifty years ago this spring, Dr. Hilleman started down the path of creating the vaccine using mumps virus that he isolated from his daughter, Jeryl Lynn (the older girl to the left in the photo), when she was ill with mumps at age 5.

The live, attenuated mumps vaccine used today in the United States was first licensed in 1967 and then used in the combination measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, which was licensed in 1971. To celebrate this historic event in public health, The New York Times wrote a great piece on the history of what is now the MMR vaccine. ... s-vaccine/

I am astonished at the walls of protection he has raised worldwide against diseases that ravished humans until the 1940s.
Dismayed even more at the anti-vaxxer idjits that would tear them down, :nono:

Remember his name ..Maurice Hilleman...medical warrior :cheers: ....not likely a tale that could be repeated. :coffee:
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