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Vaccine by Arthur Allen

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Also by Arthur Allen:

The Fantastic Laboratory Of Dr. Weigl, August 2014
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Ripe, March 2010
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Vaccine, May 2008
Paperback (reprint)
Vaccine, January 2007
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Vaccine
Arthur Allen

The Controversial Story of Medicine's Greatest Lifesaver

W. W. Norton
January 2007
On Sale: January 15, 2007
512 pages
ISBN: 0393059111
EAN: 9780393059113
Hardcover
$27.95
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Non-Fiction History

A fascinating account of vaccination's miraculous, inflammatory past and its uncertain future.

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. In this deftly written account, journalist Arthur Allen 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 finally to the tumult currently surrounding vaccination.

Faced with threats from anthrax to AIDS, we are a vulnerable population and can no longer depend on vaccines; numerous studies have linked childhood vaccination with various neurological disorders, and our pharmaceutical companies are more attracted to the profits of treatment than to the prevention of disease. With narrative grace and investigative journalism, Allen explores our shifting understanding of vaccination since its creation. 16 pages of illustrations.

Media Buzz

CBS Sunday Morning - April 1, 2007
Talk of the Nation - March 16, 2007

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