“Previously confidential, unpublished court cases and individual accounts add to the uniqueness of Reagan’s historical angle.”
“Ultimately inspiring story that should be required reading for anyone who doubts the benefits of vaccines.”
(Jo Marchant New Scientist
(Margaret Marsh Journal Of American History
(Mary Devereux Journal Of Clinical Investigation
“Powerfully moving, historically precise, and politically relevant.”
(Carol Mason American Studies
"Its historical approach lays the groundwork for future understandings of the fears and other emotions aroused by diseases, particularly for marginalized populations and/or during an epidemic."
From the Inside Flap
Compellingly attentive to medical and legal structures, but also to dramatic human choices, Dangerous Pregnancies provides a boldly argued and carefully documented historical grounding for critical debates in public policy and women’s rights.”David Roediger, author of How Race Survived U.S. History
"Both a gripping story of the activism of middle-class mothers and an insightful study of abortion law reform, Dangerous Pregnancies is a compelling argument about reproductive rights, immunization, and the public health power of the state. A terrific book."Molly Ladd-Taylor, author of "Bad" Mothers: The Politics of Blame in Twentieth-Century America and Mother-Work: Women, Child Welfare, and the State, 1890-1930.
"Accessible and clearly written, Reagan's illuminating account of German measles is immensely valuable both in itself and as a window into larger issues of gender, public health, and bioethics."Charles Rosenberg, author of The Cholera Years and No Other Gods: On Science and American Social Thought