Evelynn Hammonds has produced a work very sensitive to both the suffering caused by diphtheria and the successes brought on by scientific advance, while demonstrating that those successes were contingent on factors at work in the society at large.
This book is a lucid account of the first successful battle of the laboratory versus disease. Thoroughly researched, logically organized, and well written, it is a good story well told.
Hammond's careful analysis... is a fine example of the insights which historical study can offer modern efforts at limiting the miseries of disease in diverse social situations.
A tightly focused study... set apart from the recent round of histories of infectious disease.