Vaccine The Controversial Story of Medicine's Greatest Lifesaver

ISBN-10: 0393331563
ISBN-13: 9780393331561
Edition: 2008
Authors: Arthur Allen
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Book details

List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/17/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

"A timely, fair-minded and crisply written account."New York Times Book Review Vaccinejuxtaposes the stories of brilliant scientists with the industry's struggle to produce safe, effective, and profitable vaccines. It focuses on the role of military and medical authority in the introduction of vaccines and looks at why some parents have resisted this authority. Political and social intrigue have often accompanied vaccinationfrom the divisive introduction of smallpox inoculation in colonial Boston to the 9,000 lawsuits recently filed by parents convinced that vaccines caused their children's autism. With narrative grace and investigative journalism, Arthur Allen reveals a history illuminated by hope and shrouded by controversy, and he sheds new light on changing notions of health, risk, and the common good. 16 pages of illustrations.

Introduction: Vaccination and Politics
Origins
Experimenting on the Neighbors with Cotton Mather
The Peculiar History of Vaccinia
Vaccine Wars: Smallpox at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
Golden Age
War Is Good for Babies
The Great American Fight Against Polio
Battling Measles, Remodeling Society
Controversy
DTP and the Vaccine Safety Movement
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
People Who Prefer Whooping Cough
Vaccines and Autism?
Epilogue: Our Best Shots
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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