This timely work provides a comprehensive overview of the scientific breakthrough known as vaccination and the controversy surrounding its opposition. A timeline of discoveries trace the medical and societal progression of vaccines from the early development of this medical preventive to the eradication of epidemics and the present-day discussion about its role in autism. The content presents compelling parallels across different time periods to reflect the ongoing concerns that have persisted throughout history regarding vaccination.
Author Lisa Rosner provides a sweeping overview of the topic, covering the development of modern vaccines and practices, laws governing the distribution of vaccines, patients’ rights, consumer advocacy, and vaccination disasters. Throughout the volume, primary source documents present the perspectives of researchers, public health specialists, physicians, patients, consumer advocates, and government officials, helping to illuminate the past, present, and future of vaccines on a global level.
- Provides readers with accurate, unbiased accounts of medical breakthroughs and critics
- Examines vaccination controversies in a historical and global perspective
- Traces compelling parallels between past anti-vaccination movements and those of the present day
- Features essential primary documents that highlight historic turning points in vaccine research and implementation
- Includes the most up-to-date scientific research on vaccines