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Written by 

Tim Kuberski, M.D.


Soft Cover, 223  pages

 6" x 9", Perfect Bound

Usually shipped within 24 hours

ISBN 978-145750-242-2






You have a desire to know more about:



Public Health



Alzheimers Disease

Infectious Diseases

Side Effects of Vaccines

New Guinea

Medical Science


. . . or if the idea of reading a medical science thriller with a basis in reality has an appeal to you.


A New Infectious Disease Novel

“The Trembling Flu Trilogy” is a fictional novel, but based on several diverse real life Infectious Disease events that occurred during the last half a century. In this novel there are three stories woven together into a single theme. The first deals with a mysterious disease found in the wilds of Papua New Guinea. The second is a failed influenza A virus vaccination program that took place during Gerald Ford’s tenure as President. The third integrates solving the medical mystery in New Guinea with a misguided attempt to prevent a repeat of the devastating 1918 pandemic of influenza A which, in turn, resulted in a successful, gruesome bioterrorism plot.

The author lived through some of these real life events and is able to illustrate the highs and lows of his Infectious Diseases specialty. From a Nobel Prize in Medicine to a major vaccine disaster to a miracle cure of an unusual infection.  The plot revolves around the Influenza vaccine and how it can be influenced by politics, pharmaceutical companies and overzealous public health officials who lose perspective because of their obsession with the disease influenza.  The novel presents viewpoints on the deficiencies of the influenza vaccine which are seldom heard by the unsuspecting public.

It is customary these days to acknowledge any conflicts of interest when physicians may have a perceived bias in their opinions. The author has neither a research interest in influenza nor any financial relationship with pharmaceuticals who sell influenza related products.   This should lend some credibility to the author’s opinion on the topics. Information is provided in the novel storyline about the deficiencies of the influenza vaccine, information that is generally overlooked by much of the scientific community.

To make sure there is no misunderstanding, the novel and the author both promote and support the standard vaccinations for smallpox, diphtheria, whooping cough, polio and tetanus.  In addition, he does not believe autism has anything to do with vaccinations.  The issues are with the influenza vaccine, but should also raise awareness about the newer vaccines which may be open to challenge for similar reasons, like the vaccines for chickenpox, human papilloma virus (HPV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). These latter vaccines are also not comparable to a tried and true vaccine such as the smallpox vaccine.

Why rain on the vaccine parade?  Read this novel. It illustrates that political, pharmaceutical and professional influences can impact medical decision-making involving public health policy and occasionally can lead to a major disaster. This novel recounts a vaccine disaster that actually happened and combines it with a hypothetical act of terrorism.  Hopefully the vaccine issues raised in Part II of the Trilogy will impact enlightened thinkers and raise awareness about the current path of vaccinology. The general public should know there is a major push to have influenza vaccinations mandatory. This novel should cast skepticism on the propriety of such a compulsory requirement, specifically in view of the issues raised in the Trilogy. To quote Dr. Russell Alexander, the School of Public Health, University of Washington, “My general view is that you should be conservative about putting foreign material into the human body.  That’s always true . . . especially when you are talking about 200 million bodies. The need should be estimated conservatively. If you don’t need to give it, don’t.”


Tim Kuberski, M.D.


Tim Kuberski, M.D. has been recognized by his peers as one of the best Infectious Disease specialists in the U.S.  His training and experience have provided him with the background to write authoritatively about a number of interesting infectious disease problems.  Early in his career he worked as a medical officer on a number of medical problems unique to the South Pacific Island countries.  One of the most intriguing was a disease in Papua New Guinea called Kuru. This disease forms part of the foundation for his medical thriller. Kuru was an incurable, slowly progressive neurologic disease affecting a certain tribe in New Guinea.  The natives were dying an indolent and agonizing death due to a neurological deterioration of unknown cause that evolved over many years. The author was fortunate to know some of the major scientists dealing with Kuru, one of whom ultimately received a Nobel Prize for his work related to this disease.

Dr. Kuberski also has done Infectious Disease research for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and gained insight into the inner workings of governmental medical agencies like the NIH and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and was able to observe firsthand how important medical issues could be influenced by political pressures and non-medical people. Many times medical decisions about such things as vaccination were promoted or suppressed based on political influence instead of medical necessity or importance. In some instances a disease could become “too big to fail” because of the sheer number of medical and non-medical people having a vested interest. Only someone with an unbiased view and the infectious diseases expertise, like the author, would be in a position to help avoid infectious disease disasters.

Dr. Kuberski outlines in the novel some of the problems specific to the flu vaccination.  He was a young Infectious Diseases specialist in 1976 when a national influenza vaccination campaign was promoted and resulted in more serious side effects from the vaccine than the flu. The swine flu vaccination problems that occurred then are an illustration of what can happen.  Similar scenarios could happen again if mandatory vaccination of the entire country is not studied cautiously and undertaken conservatively.  Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. Hopefully this novel will have sufficient impact that we will not be fooled again and history will not repeat itself.  This was the impetus to write about a vaccination program complicated by a hypothetical bioterrorist plot. 

The author is a qualified Infectious Diseases physician who is able to argue against certain vaccination protocols without prejudice and whose opinion should be considered objective rather than radical.  There are some who have the medical knowledge, but few that also have the confidence and expertise to point out the deficiencies of the influenza vaccine and weave a story to illustrate the potentially disastrous problems.


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