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The Vaccine Controversy: The History, Use, and Safety of Vaccinations Paperback – June 30, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0313361852 ISBN-10: 0313361851 Edition: 1st
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"This concise book consists mainly of short (3- to 10-page) entries on both common and special vaccines, including all current vaccines and some under development. For each entry Link describes the disease agent and symptoms of illness; the history of the disease and vaccine development; and vaccine efficacy, safety, and side effects….It includes brief introductory chapters on the immune system, vaccine development and history, and disasters and near misses involving vaccinations, as well as appendixes on legal aspects of vaccination and clinical trials. Recommended. Undergraduates, professionals/practitioners, and general readers."

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In The Vaccine Controversy, Dr. Kurt Link-a specialist in internal medicine and a strong supporter of vaccination programs-provides a comprehensive guide that outlines the various types of vaccines (including the efficacy and potential toxicity of each), provides a history of vaccine development (including such possible future vaccines as those being developed in the hope of immunizing against HIV), explains the immune system and how it works, plus much more.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger; 1 edition (June 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313361851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313361852
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MHesketh on September 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
The Vaccine Controversy is a great tool for getting information and history about many of the common vaccines used in in the USA today. It's not an incredibly engaging book but it's organized in such a fashion that it lends itself very well as a reference tool for information concerning vaccines. The majority of the book is organized into chapters that each cover information and the history of a single vaccine. You don't have to have read any of the previous chapters to understand the material covered for each of the vaccines so it makes it easy to quickly look up information about a single vaccine. It also gives a good and concise overview of the history of vaccines that is interesting and factual. It is generally very objective about the material presented in the book about the viruses minus a small part at the very end. Overall this book is a great source of information that I would recommend to anyone who wants to learn more about the most common vaccines that are currently used in the United States.
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By Santi22 on September 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
The Vaccine Controversy: The History, Use and Safety of Vaccinations written by Dr. Kurt Link is a book that is written with incredible precision and clarity on a subject that is currently a very controversial topic. Using a structure that takes readers through the history of each vaccine, the signs and symptoms that each virus causes and the efficacy of the vaccine (including its adverse effects); Link establishes authority through his writing. This structure allows him to compare vaccines and explore how each has helped those that contract these viruses.
The study of viruses can be very confusing, especially to those who have never studied biological processes before. Link is incredibly clear and to-the-point when describing these viruses and vaccines so that any reader can follow what he is saying. His depth of research is especially striking. He touches upon nearly every known vaccine and it is evident that he is very knowledgeable about these vaccines. As well, since he touches upon the adverse effects that can sometimes come from the vaccines, there can be no arguments made that he is trying to "hide" something from readers.
I recommend this book for anyone who is on the fence about giving their children vaccines or just want to learn more about vaccines and viruses in general. It is an incredibly clear and unbiased book that is an effective resource. Although it is very informational, it is also a good read if you are into biology or anything of the sort!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kohoutekdriver8 on August 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Link gives an overview of the history of vaccination and immunization, and ethical issues raised by this. He also has a chapter devoted to known vaccine failures and worse; the best known was the Bundaberg disaster in Australia in the 1920s, involving a batch of bacteria-contaminated vaccine. There were also examples of polio vaccine that gave people polio, and hepatitis spread by smallpox vaccination.

He describes the diseases they prevent and what they did to people, since most of us have never known anyone who had some of them, and why people should or should not take the vaccine. He also debunks the vaccines-cause-autism thing, but does admit that the P component of the DPT vaccine does cause neurological damage in a small percentage of people who take it. This is well known in medical circles. There was considerable skepticism raised about the chicken pox vaccine; he saw no indication in giving it to healthy children, and I have to agree. There are also chapters about anthrax and smallpox vaccination and the problems that have arisen from them.

The back of the book has the suggested vaccine schedule; he also gives provisions for spreading them out should the parents wish to do so.

Some people may not agree with what he says, but he's old enough to have encountered many of the diseases nobody gets nowadays and that is his only agenda.
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