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Vaccinations and Public Concern in History: Legend, Rumor, and Risk Perception (Routledge Studies in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine) Hardcover – December 22, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0415887038 ISBN-10: 0415887038 Edition: 1st

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‘Andrea Kitta’s book on public concerns about vaccination is timely and profoundly important. Her account of the nature and sources of public concerns over vaccination is remarkably fair and well informed. I recommend this book to parents concerned about vaccination decisions for their children, as well as health professionals who advise about and provide vaccinations. It should also be read by those who teach health professions students and all with an interest in the intersection of culture and health.’David Hufford, Pennsylvania State College of Medicine

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Dr. Andrea Kitta is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at East Carolina University and a Professional Associate for the Department of Pediatrics at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has a Ph.D. in Folklore from MUN. She has done extensive research and presented on folklore and medicine, risk perception, urban legends, and health information on the Internet.

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  • Series: Routledge Studies in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine
  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (December 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415887038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415887038
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,344,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Andrea Kitta is a folklorist with a specialty in medicine and belief. She is also interested in Internet folklore, narrative, and contemporary (urban) legend. Her current research includes: vaccines, pandemic illness, stigmatized diseases, health information on the Internet, unusual medical information, medical and nursing students' reactions to medical professionals on television and in the media, and doctor/patient communication.

Dr. Kitta is a Assistant Professor in the Department of English at East Carolina University. She is also a Professional Associate in the Department of Pediatrics at Memorial University of Newfoundland and an adjunct in the Department of Public Health at East Carolina University. Her research on vaccines won the Bernard Duval Prize at the Canadian Immunization Conference and she received the Graduate Student Union's Award for Teaching Excellence for 2008 and the Bertie Fearing Teaching Award in 2012.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Will Banks on February 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is the 5-star piece of the season, no doubt. Delightful top notes with a strong finish, hints of berry and chocolate. The must serve amuse-bouche of the academic season. Complements the stodginess of more quantitative studies perfectly, relieving them of their self-aggrandizing investments in knowledge as a found-by-experiment-only practice, and revealing, slowly, gracefully, how we might engage public health conversations differently and more meaningfully. Guests will delight in gentleness and the sudden punches of flavor. Best served in the afternoons with a little contemplative reflection. Also good at parties!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vaccine Researcher on February 20, 2013
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Although vaccines dominated as a public health measure to contain and prevent the spread of infectious disease during the 20th century, skepticism about the efficacy, safety, and ethics of compulsory vaccination has always been prevalent among some contingents of the public. As vaccines promise to continue to be vital to preventative health strategies throughout the decades to come, a deeper understanding of why some people may be skeptical about vaccinations is essential to informing policy makers about these alternative perspectives. _Vaccinations and Public Concern in History_ offers such a necessary contribution to studies about public discord and controversy about vaccines.

In this book, Andrea Kitta examines narratives, stories, and other lay accounts of vaccination concerns, providing a fundamentally new approach to how popular concerns about vaccines are studied and understood. Kitta’s unearthing of important alternative perspectives on vaccination eschews judgements and criticism and instead looks to bridge existing gaps in understanding between the public and policy makers, public health officials, and physicians. This important text promises to offer scholars and practitioners important insight into the nature(s) of vaccine refusal (beyond scientific illiteracy or educational deficit) as well as how social movements, beliefs, and values develop and circulate around issues of public significance
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