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Vaccine : the controversial story of medicine's greatest lifesaver

Author: Arthur Allen
Publisher: New York ; London : W.W. Norton, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this account of vaccination's miraculous, inflammatory past and its uncertain future, journalist Arthur Allen reveals a history both illuminated with hope and shrouded by controversy--from Edward Jenner's discovery of smallpox vaccine in 1796 to Pasteur's vaccines for rabies and cholera, to those that safeguarded the children of the twentieth century, and finally to the tumult currently surrounding vaccination.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Arthur Allen
ISBN: 9780393331561 0393331563
OCLC Number: 181139549
Notes: Originally published: 2007.
Description: 523 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Experimenting on the neighbors with Cotton Mather --
The peculiar history of vaccinia --
Vaccine wars: smallpox at the turn of the twentieth century --
War is good for babies --
The great American fight against polio --
Battling measles, remodeling society --
DTP and the vaccine safety movement --
No good deed goes unpunished --
People who prefer whooping cough --
Vaccines and autism?
Responsibility: Arthur Allen.
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Introduction. Vaccination and politics -- Part I. Origins -- 1. Experimenting on the neighbors with cotton mather -- 2. The peculiar history of vaccinia -- 3. Vaccine wars: smallpox at the turn of the 20th century -- Part II. Golden age -- 4. War is good for babies -- 5. The great American fight against polio -- 6. Battling measles, remodeling society -- Part III. Controversy -- 7. DTP and the vaccine safety movement -- 8. No good deed goes unpunished -- 9. People who prefer whooping cough -- 10. Vaccines and autism? -- Epilogue. Our best shots.

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