Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine's Greatest Lifesaver

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W W Norton & Company Incorporated, Apr 29, 2008 - Medical - 523 pages
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In 1796, as smallpox ravaged Europe, Edward Jenner injected a child with a benign version of the disease, then exposed the child to the deadly virus itself. The boy proved resistant to smallpox and Jenner's risky experiment produced the earliest vaccination. This deftly written account reveals a history of vaccination that is both illuminated with hope and shrouded by controversy - from Jenner's discovery to Pasteur's vaccines for rabies and cholera, to those that safeguarded the children of the twentieth century and to the tumult surrounding vaccination today. Arthur Allen explores our shifting understanding of vaccination since its creation. Faced with threats from anthrax to AIDS, we can no longer depend on vaccines; numerous studies have linked childhood vaccination with various neurological disorders and pharmaceutical companies are more attracted to the profits of treatment than to the prevention of disease.

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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

Good overview of the history of this medicinal procedure, and the misguided intentions both for and against it. Read full review

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User Review  - Sara - Goodreads

I didn't completely finish this because the library demanded it back. I really liked the history of how vaccines originated and the early politics surrounding them. Very interesting read, and good background coverage. Read full review

About the author (2008)

Arthur Allen is a Washington-based journalist who has written for the New York Times Magazine , The New Republic , the Washington Post , The Atlantic , and Salon . He writes Slate rsquo;s Risk column.

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