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Author Mnookin, Seth.

Title The panic virus : a true story of medicine, science, and fear / Seth Mnookin.

Imprint New York : Simon & Schuster, 2011.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    614.47 MNO    Available
Edition 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
Description xvi, 429 p. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 373-410) and index.
Contents The spotted pimple of death -- Milkmaid envy and a fear of modernity --The polio vaccine : from medical miracle to public health catastrophe -- Fluoride scares and swine flu scandals -- "Vaccine roulette" -- Autism's evoloving identities -- Help! there are fibers growing out of my eyeballs! -- Enter Andrew Wakefield -- The Lancet paper -- Thimerosal and the mystery of Minamata's dancing cats -- The mercury moms -- The Simpsonwood Conference and the speed of light : a brief history of science -- The media and its messages -- Mark Geier, witness for hire -- The case of Michelle Cedillo -- Cognitive biases and availability cascades -- How to turn a lack of evidence into evidence of harm -- A conspiracy of dunces -- Autism speaks -- Katie Wright's accidental manifesto -- Jenny McCarthy's mommy instinct -- Medical NIMBYism and faith-based metaphysics -- Baby Brie -- Casualties of a war built on lies.
Summary In this searching exposé, the recent hysteria over childhood vaccinations and their alleged link to autism becomes a cautionary tale of bad science amplified by media sensationalism.
Subject Vaccination -- Psychological aspects.
Health behavior.
Mass media and culture.
Vaccination -- History.
ISBN 143916567X (ebook)
9781439158647 (hc)
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