Printer Friendly

Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine's Greatest Lifesaver.

Although vaccines have saved many thousands of lives, their history is fraught with controversy. Allen, a journalist, tells the story from the turn of the 20th century and the development of the smallpox vaccine. He describes the wartime governmental campaigns to protect children against the ravages of typhoid fever, diphtheria, and yellow fever and explains the legendary rivalry between Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin and their respective polio vaccines. Allen documents the trial-and-error effort that created the MMR--for measles, mumps, rubella--vaccine during the mid 20th century. Allen also looks at the politics surrounding vaccination programs, such as the rising costs of vaccines, the resurgence of childhood diseases such as measles, the potential link between vaccines and autism, and the reluctance of some parents to have their children vaccinated. The author accuses the Bush administration of hyping the potential of smallpox as a terrorist weapon. Norton, 2007, 523 p., b&w plates, hardcover, $27.95.
COPYRIGHT 2007 Science Service, Inc.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2007, Gale Group. All rights reserved. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:Books: A selection of new and notable books of scientific interest
Publication:Science News
Date:Feb 3, 2007
Previous Article:The Songs of Wild Birds.
Next Article:Richter's Scale: Measure of an Earthquake, Measure of a Man.

Related Articles
Stress undercuts flu shots.
Probiotics and prebiotics: where are we going?
The environment as a cornerstone of public health. (Editorial).
Cloning Jesus: a science fiction thriller turns on DNA from the Shroud of Turin.
Polio: An American Story: The Crusade that Mobilized the Nation against the 20th Century's Most Feared Disease.
Book Review.
Book seeks answers to autism.
The Cutter Incident: How America's First Polio Vaccine Led to the Growing Vaccine Crisis.
Bodily Matters: The Anti-Vaccination Movement in England, 1853-1907.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2018 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters