From Library Journal
This "comprehensive look at the rarely discussed secretive and mysterious aspects of immunization" is based on numerous papers on vaccination researched by the author, whose interests are in natural health and herbal medicine. A perusal of the bibliographical references, however, shows the vast majority dated prior to 1990. Murphy has a definite bias against vaccination, which is evident throughout the book. Taking an anti-innoculation stance similar to Randall Neustaedter's in The Immunization Decision ( LJ 6/1/90), he does not discuss the benefits of immunization. While his book provides worthwhile information on its risks and possible adverse effects, concerned parents should also consult literature that addresses the positive aspects of immunizations. Recommended for collections providing information on alternative medicine or those attempting to provide comprehensive consumer health coverage.- Mary J. Jarvis, Methodist Hosp. Medical Lib., Lubbock, Tex.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Murphy's book is important in part simply because it is one of only a few that shed light on the little-known hazards of vaccination. (Vaccination
is the term sometimes used instead of immunization
, since, as Murphy shows, vaccines do not guarantee immunity from childhood diseases.) Many contain toxins, and some are known to cause injurious reactions--even death. Despite, or perhaps because of, this disturbing evidence, most parents seem afraid to investigate the issue, and some are unaware of it. Then, too, there are those parents who decline to inoculate their children--a controversial but conscious decision. This book's availability in libraries is critical; Murphy's thoroughly researched and well-documented effort will, one hopes, make decisions about inoculations somewhat easier. Murphy should especially be commended for emphasizing the development of natural immunities, such as occur when babies are breast-fed. Jo Peer-Haas