Do you like science and medicine? Do you like history? On today’s show, you’ll get a great dose of both.

I talk to the author of the very informative book, Between Hope and Fear: A History of Vaccines and Human Immunity, Michael Kinch, PhD.

Dr. Kinch is a professor and Vice Chancellor at Washington University in St. Louis. He has experience developing new medicines for Ebola, Marburg, influenza and other emerging pathogens.

As one reviewer said of the book: A riveting history of immunization over the centuries. Threaded throughout the narrative is a clear explanation of the basics of the human immune system.

Books by Dr. Kinch:

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Legends of microbiology and infectious diseases: Robert Koch