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Scientific discovery is sometimes an accidental event

About Janet

Janet Gilsdorf, MD, is the Robert P. Kelch Research Professor Emerita at the University of Michigan, where participates in the care of children with complex infectious diseases and formerly directed the Haemophilus influenzae research laboratory. Her scientific endeavors involve elucidating the epidemiology of bacterial infections, exploring how bacteria cause infections, and developing vaccines to prevent ear infections in children.

About Continual Raving

Continual Raving is stories of how scientists across the 19th and 20th centuries defeated meningitis — not through flawless research, but through a series of serendipitous events, misplaced assumptions, and flawed conclusions. The result shows not just how a disease vanquished, but how scientific accomplishment can sometimes occur where it's least expected.

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Praise for Continual Raving

“A great antidote to misinformation  about vaccines and rising sentiment against their use.”

Dan Granoff, M.D., UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

“In this fascinating book, Janet Gilsdorf brings the sensibility of a skilled scientist and the compassion of a dedicated pediatrician...”

Joel Howell, M.D., PhD University of Michigan

“Gilsdorf is excellent at giving insight into how discoveries were made, but also how mistakes were made...”

Stanley A. Plotkin, M.D., University of Pennsylvania