Talk:Baruch Samuel Blumberg

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Article needs more information on Blumberg's primary achievement, the discovery and eventual development of a vaccine against, Hepatitis B Virus (HBV)[edit]

I haven't time to do it now, but one potential source is Baruch S. Blumberg's own account, Hepatitis B:The Hunt for a Killer Virus, Princeton University Press, NY, 2003.[See ].

Anyone at Columbia want to try? —Preceding unsigned comment added by FurnaldHall (talkcontribs) 05:05, 20 February 2009 (UTC)

Anyone with access to that book should weigh in on his NIH career.--Quisqualis (talk) 03:49, 16 January 2017 (UTC)

External links[edit]

I notice that there is no external links section on this page. Please consider adding this link to an in depth video of Baruch Samuel Blumberg telling his life story. The video is freely available on the Web of Stories website (

Fitzrovia calling (talk) 16:01, 19 November 2010 (UTC)

We also need more info on his later career[edit]

The “Scientific Career” section seems to consist of a couple sentences about Hepatitis B followed by a long list of institutional affiliations and mention of a meeting with children that does not assert notability. What did he do at all these institutions? Was the meeting notable in itself? Was it part of a pattern of behavior that illuminates his character? If so, that information needs to be included. If not, the reference should probably be removed.Dfeuer (talk) 04:20, 16 April 2011 (UTC)

Also missing is his career at the NIH, where the intro states he worked while developing the HBV vaccine. I'm going to try to chase it down.--Quisqualis (talk) 03:46, 16 January 2017 (UTC)

Reference for malaria quote[edit]

I have come across several alleged quotes of Baruch Blumberg stating something like "...half of all human deaths from the beginning of time can be attributed to malaria..." (including this site). However, I have been unable to find the original source. Does anyone know where I can find it? It might be nice to add it to this article, as well as the malaria one. --Thorwald (talk) 01:56, 18 February 2013 (UTC)

Aspartic Acid Proteases as Therapeutic Targets by Ghosh et al. quotes him on this, but I can't get the reference on Google Books (it is omitted. -- (talk) 00:48, 10 April 2013 (UTC)

I believe the original source is the 1988 PBS documentary "Plagues", which was hosted by Blumberg according to You'll notice this source says, "may have contributed to as many as half", which is weaker than the form usually stated as fact these days. Is this claim really plausible? Cfalls (talk) 14:37, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

Changed The Fallacious Introduction[edit]

Before I made an account on here, I edited the introduction of this page because it stated that Dr. Blumberg had won his nobel prize for research into Kuru. This is not the case, Dr. Blumberg did not research Kuru. Dr. Blumberg won his nobel prize for his work on HBV. There is nothing in Blumberg's autobiography or on the rest of the nobel prize site that indicates he did research into Kuru. The only thing that some might have mistakenly seen as suggesting that was his banquet speech, where he acknowledged the importance of investigating esoteric cultures to medical science that Dr. Gajdusek's work had demonstrated. He refers to this as "our" research because he is acknowledging that Gajdusek is a colleague and also because his own research had included scientific investigation in foreign lands. Co-recipient does not equal co-contributor. They both won the reward for their separate substantial contributions. WikiEditor4Accuracy (talk) 09:38, 4 November 2013 (UTC)

"Death" section: broken reference syntax[edit]

I seem to have broken the syntax for a reference, and cannot manage to fix it. Anyone want to help here? Thanks.--Quisqualis (talk) 03:41, 16 January 2017 (UTC)

Done. I also re-added a paragraph break that had gone missing. Huon (talk) 00:01, 18 January 2017 (UTC)