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Begonnen von Copa, 09. August 2011, 14:57:57

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ZitatIf someone asked you who is responsible for saving the most lives in the 20th century, who would you name?  My money would be on Maurice Hilleman.  He was an American microbiologist who specialized in vaccinology and developed more than three dozen vaccines during his career.  His work was key to helping to extend human life expectancy and improving the economies of many countries.  Of the fourteen vaccines routinely recommended in current vaccine schedules, he developed eight: those for measles, mumps, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, chickenpox, meningitis, pneumonia and Haemophilus influenzae bacteria.  Dr. Hilleman died in 2005 at the age of 85.

Despite Hilleman's many breakthroughs in immunology and vaccinology, he has never been a household name.  Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Hilleman had "little use for self-credit." Dr Fauci states that Hilleman's contributions were "the best kept secret among the lay public. If you look at the whole field of vaccinology, nobody was more influential."


Geil. Man kann eben ein Arschloch und dennoch ein Wohltäter sein :-)