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                02-08-2014, 08:15 AM by ss834
                

                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...

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                Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine's Greatest Lifesaver

                Description: "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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                Author Arthur Allen
                Binding Paperback
                Dewey Decimal Number 572
                EAN 9780393331561
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                ISBN 0393331563
                Label W. W. Norton & Company
                Languages English
                List Price $17.95
                Manufacturer W. W. Norton & Company
                Number Of Items 1
                Number Of Pages 544
                Product Group Book
                Product Type Name ABIS_BOOK
                Publication Date 2008-05-17
                Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
                Studio W. W. Norton & Company
                Title Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine's Greatest Lifesaver
                Height 1.28 inches
                Length 8.27 inches
                Weight 0.94 pounds
                Width 5.99 inches