Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All by Paul A. Offit, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All

Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All

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by Paul A. Offit
     
 

ISBN-10: 0465021492

ISBN-13: 9780465021499

Pub. Date: 12/28/2010

Publisher: Basic Books

In 2010, California suffered the largest and deadliest outbreak of pertussis, also known as “whooping cough,” in more than fifty years. This tragedy was avoidable. An effective vaccine has been available since the 1940s. In recent years other diseases, like measles and mumps, have also made a comeback. The reason for these epidemics can be traced to a

Overview

In 2010, California suffered the largest and deadliest outbreak of pertussis, also known as “whooping cough,” in more than fifty years. This tragedy was avoidable. An effective vaccine has been available since the 1940s. In recent years other diseases, like measles and mumps, have also made a comeback. The reason for these epidemics can be traced to a group whose vocal proponents insist, despite evidence to the contrary, that vaccines are poison. As a consequence, parents and caretakers are rejecting vaccines for themselves and their families.

In Deadly Choices, infectious-disease expert Paul Offit takes a look behind the curtain of the anti-vaccine movement. What he finds is a reminder of the power of scientific knowledge, and the harm we risk if we ignore it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465021499
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
12/28/2010
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
9.42(w) x 11.34(h) x 0.99(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Prologue ix

Introduction xi

1 The Birth of Fear 1

2 This England 13

3 A Crude Brew 25

4 Roulette Redux 45

5 Make the Angels Weep 57

6 Justice 85

7 Past Is Prologue 105

8 Tragedy of the Commons 127

9 The Mean Season 149

10 Dr. Bob 171

11 Trust 191

Epilogue 207

Notes 215

Selected Bibliography 255

Acknowledgments 257

Index 259

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