Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All

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Basic Books, 2011 - MEDICAL - 288 pages
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There's a silent, dangerous war going on out there. On one side are parents, bombarded with stories about the dangers of vaccines, now wary of immunizing their sons and daughters. On the other side are doctors, scared to send kids out of their offices vulnerable to illnesses like whooping cough and measles--the diseases of their grandparents.

How did anyone come to view vaccines with horror? The answer is rooted in one of the most powerful citizen activist movements in our nation's history. In Deadly Choices, infectious disease expert Paul Offit relates the shocking story of anti-vaccine America--its origins, leaders, influences, and impact. Offering strategies to keep us from returning to an era when children routinely died from infections, Deadly Choices is a vigorous and definitive rebuttal of the powerful anti-vaccine movement.

  

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Review: Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All

User Review  - Lynne - Goodreads

I thought this was a fantastic, smart, and important book. Dr. Offit carefully explains the mountains of research involving thousands and thousands of children that has proven, over and over, the ... Read full review

Review: Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All

User Review  - Mellissa - Goodreads

A very easy-to-read book that cuts through all the hysterical anti-vax rhetoric with common sense and facts. This is not the first time in history that anti-vax propaganda has resulted in illness and death. So much for learning from our mistakes! Read full review

Contents

This England
13
Roulette Redux
45
Justice
85
Past Is Prologue
105
Tragedy of the Commons
127
The Mean Season
149
Dr Bob
171
Trust
191
EPILOGUE
207
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
255
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Paul A. Offit, M.D. is the Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Offit is a founding advisory board member of the Autism Science Foundation and the author of five books, including Autism’s False Prophets and Vaccinated. He lives in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.

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