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Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine's Greatest Lifesaver

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Pros: Fascinating account of the arguments made for and against vaccines throughout history, thorough review of problems/triumphs of the past

Cons: Very detailed history of the political fights over vaccination-- sometimes a bit dry

I enjoyed reading this book for it's historical perspective as well as for the few chapters of investigative journalism done during recent whooping cough outbreaks. I think Allen portrayed anti-vaccinating parents somewhat unfairly during the whooping cough epidemic, but perhaps his account was accurate based on what he experienced. More interesting was the history and the arguments for/against vaccines that have been brought up over the past 2+ centuries since variolation was in practice to protect against smallpox. A lot of the arguments from the early days have persisted, and he fairly points out, with skepticism, how some concerns just don't make much sense. One thing I was pleased with is that, even though this book seeems to come out in favor of vaccines overall, he didn't shy away from some of the serious issues with vaccines: such as SV40 in polio vaccine in the 60's which was found to cause tumors, and Hepatitis B being introduced during the course of vaccination because of the use of human blood serum and the routine re-use of needles for vaccinating in low-resource areas. A great book for anyone who wants a fair look at vaccine history.

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Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine's Greatest Lifesaver
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"A timely, fair-minded and crisply written account."—New York Times Book Review Vaccine 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.

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AuthorArthur Allen
BindingPaperback
Dewey Decimal Number572
EAN9780393331561
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ISBN0393331563
LabelW. W. Norton & Company
LanguagesEnglish
List Price$17.95
ManufacturerW. W. Norton & Company
Number Of Items1
Number Of Pages544
Product GroupBook
Product Type NameABIS_BOOK
Publication Date2008-05-17
PublisherW. W. Norton & Company
StudioW. W. Norton & Company
TitleVaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine's Greatest Lifesaver
Height1.28 inches
Length8.27 inches
Weight0.94 pounds
Width5.99 inches
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