Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine's Greatest Lifesaver

Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine's Greatest Lifesaver

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by Arthur Allen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393331563

ISBN-13: 9780393331561

Pub. Date: 05/28/2008

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

"A timely, fair-minded and crisply written account."—New York Times Book ReviewVaccine juxtaposes 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

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"A timely, fair-minded and crisply written account."—New York Times Book ReviewVaccine juxtaposes 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 vaccination—from 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393331561
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/28/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
593,455
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction: Vaccination and Politics     11
Origins
Experimenting on the Neighbors with Cotton Mather     25
The Peculiar History of Vaccinia     46
Vaccine Wars: Smallpox at the Turn of the Twentieth Century     70
Golden Age
War Is Good for Babies     115
The Great American Fight Against Polio     160
Battling Measles, Remodeling Society     215
Controversy
DTP and the Vaccine Safety Movement     251
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished     294
People Who Prefer Whooping Cough     327
Vaccines and Autism?     371
Epilogue: Our Best Shots     421
Acknowledgments     443
Notes     445
Index     499

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Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine's Greatest Lifesaver 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have ever read. It is thorough, informative, and replete with interesting historical and scientific facts. As the caring parent of a small child and someone who is scientifically aware, this book was incredibly helpful in allowing me to make informed, confident decisions about vaccination, and at the same time helped debunk many of the common myths. The book was a pleasure to read.
liquidspace More than 1 year ago
This books title alone is offensive to those that know the truths behind the history of all unproven vaccines. Stop listening to the main stream media's lies and propaganda swill. The CDC, FDA and others are in bed with Big Pharma companies. Please begin real research into this genocidal farce. Start with these two web sites, and click on 'Articles". Save your children...think...and spread truth. www.medicalvoices.org www.vaccinetruth.com