Deadly Choices

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-04-03
  • Publisher: BASIC BOOKS

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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 Choicesis a vigorous and definitive rebuttal of the powerful anti-vaccine movement.

Author Biography

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. He is also the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. ix
Introductionp. xi
The Birth of Fearp. 1
This Englandp. 13
A Crude Brewp. 25
Roulette Reduxp. 45
Make the Angels Weepp. 57
Justicep. 85
Past Is Prologuep. 105
Tragedy of the Commonsp. 127
The Mean Seasonp. 149
Dr. Bobp. 171
Trustp. 191
Epiloguep. 207
Notesp. 215
Selected Bibliographyp. 255
Acknowledgmentsp. 257
Indexp. 259
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