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Vaccine : The Controversial Story of Medicine's Greatest Lifesaver - Arthur Allen

Vaccine

The Controversial Story of Medicine's Greatest Lifesaver

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Published: 1st May 2008
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<h5>&ldquo;A timely, fair-minded and crisply written account.&rdquo;&#151;<em>New York Times Book Review</em></h5> <p><em>Vaccine</em> juxtaposes the stories of brilliant scientists with the industry&rsquo;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&#151;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&rsquo;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.</p> <p>&ldquo;Arthur Allen adroitly chronicles the development of the polio vaccine and many others, describing the science and serendipity behind each breakthrough and breathing life into the researchers who achieved them.&rdquo;&#151;Henry I. Miller, <em>Wall Street Journal</em></p> <p>&ldquo;Allen&rsquo;s comprehensive, often unexpected and intelligently told history illuminates the complexity of ... public health policy.&rdquo;&#151;<em>Publishers Weekly</em></p>

"This is a well-researched portrayal of immunisation, from the earliest pioneers to an arm of preventive medicine now thoroughly entangled in politics, commerce and public relations." New Scientist "For those interested in the politics and debate of compulsory vaccination, and the personalities involved in all sides of the fight, Vaccine is a good read." Nature "One of the joys of Allen's well-researched but never boring 500-page history is that he pricks both camps, taking a critical look at both the anti-vaccinists' championing of pseudo-science and the medical establishment's repeated tendency to downplay the genuine dangers of vaccine side-effects." The Guardian "A fascinating, meticulously researched history of vaccination which is admirable for its even-handedness." The Independent"

Introduction: Vaccination and Politicsp. 11
Origins
Experimenting on the Neighbors with Cotton Matherp. 25
The Peculiar History of Vacciniap. 46
Vaccine Wars: Smallpox at the Turn of the Twentieth Centuryp. 70
Golden Age
War Is Good for Babiesp. 115
The Great American Fight Against Poliop. 160
Battling Measles, Remodeling Societyp. 215
Controversy
DTP and the Vaccine Safety Movementp. 251
No Good Deed Goes Unpunishedp. 294
People Who Prefer Whooping Coughp. 327
Vaccines and Autism?p. 371
Epilogue: Our Best Shotsp. 421
Acknowledgmentsp. 443
Notesp. 445
Indexp. 499
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ISBN: 9780393331561
ISBN-10: 0393331563
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 544
Published: 1st May 2008
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.1 x 14.2  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1