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Vaccinated: One Man's Quest to Defeat the World's Deadliest Diseases 1st Edition
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I also like Dr. Offit's style of writing.
Because vaccines have been such a success, the general population no longer knows what it is like to live through a genuine pandemic. We no longer see children living in iron lungs, walking the streets with shriveled limbs, etc. Yet, at one point, Polio was a very common disease. Similarly, we learn why so many schools for the deaf and blind have closed - because general vaccination drives have made the diseases that lead to these outcomes exceedingly rare. As a result, Dr. Offit points out that the current trend towards avoiding vaccinations due to unfounded fears will only result in one certainty: More dead, and crippled children.
That is not to say that vaccinations have been an unbridled success from the start. There were issues and outright charlatans then, just as there are now. However, modern science, with its much better reporting, aggregation, and statistical analysis of outcomes has done a fantastic job of minimizing adverse reactions to vaccines, determining cause-and-effect when there were reactions (caused by the vaccine or other unrelated factors). As Dr. Offit illustrates, the certainty with which some parents attribute MMR vaccines to autism issues are simply not supported by the facts; correlation is not causation.
All in all, a very powerful and insightful book written by a courageous man. After all, the autism-was-caused-by-a-vaccine bandwagon has not shown any signs yet of abating. All too understandable, I suppose, when the more likely cause of Autism will be found in the genetics of the parents. It's harder to take ones own blame in a issue than assign it to others.
Offits gave a lot of good information about the history of vaccination. What drove the need for them, about other people who developed vaccines like Jenner and Pasteur, fights over live versus attenuated vaccines, etc. All of this was written in a very interesting book. I finished it extremely fast...and even read several relevant parts to my current microbiology classes. I guess my main complaint about the book is the 'rose-colored glasses' with which all of it was written with. As a person who survived my mom being exposed to rubella in the womb, and who is Deaf...and who also was given the rubella vaccine in the 1970's when I was 20...and who broke out in full-fledged rubella for 2 whole weeks because the doctors back then did not understand how latent viruses work, I'm kind of an expert on some of this stuff. Yes, I know all about Andrew Wakefield and his idiotic article in Lancet that the media ran with about the MMR vaccine causing autism...Read more ›
The author presents the story of Maurice Hilleman, a scientist and researcher who worked on some of the most effective and life altering vaccines of the twentieth century. As the author so rightly points out, until vaccines came along, life expectancy was a lot lower. Vaccines helped to end diseases that were crippling the population and killing many people every year. But, the struggle to manufacture vaccines was not easy. There was a lot of trial and error and more than a few misses in the race to find working vaccines.
Hilleman was not the man that actually created the vaccines….he was the man who discovered how to make them efficiently and how to package them for wide distribution. His work cannot be understated in the fight against diseases such as polio, mumps, measles, hepatitis (pick a strain) and numerous other diseases.
I would recommend this book to anyone, but in particular to those who are sure that vaccines are the cause of autism. It pretty plainly debunks the most widely held argument against vaccination…that thimerosol is present in every vaccine. It was added when multi use vials were the norm, but now that single use vials are common, it is no longer needed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I agree with Constantin's 5 star review and K L Sadler's 4 star review. I can't really improve on either of those excellent reviews. This is an important and excellent book. Read morePublished 26 days ago by doug korty
Dr. Offit is an excellent knowledgeable writer. This is medical history presented so interestingly, it is difficult to stop reading.Published 2 months ago by Eileen Fery
Fantastic book! Dr. Offit does an excellent job of explaining very advanced science to what is not always a highly educated audience. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Sorry, aborted fetal cells, MSG, formaldehyde, mercury, etc, etc are not my idea of
how to create health. Autism and other brain abnormalities are caused by vaccines. Read more
Informative and well written. Gives good arguments to address people with concerns about vaccinating children.Published 9 months ago by sondra haile
This book is amazing! It is well written and keeps one's interest. It tells the story of vaccine development. Many deadly diseases are prevented by vaccines. Read morePublished 10 months ago by K. Ross
I had never heard of Maurice Hilleman until I read this book. It's a shame he isn't better known, as his work has saved millions of lives worldwide. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Nobodytoo
Anyone not vaccinating their child needs to read this first, period. I suspect some of the naysayers I the review section have not actually read the book.Published 15 months ago by Meridith Yeoman