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The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear (2011)

by Seth Mnookin

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This book tells a crucial story. The only reason I gave it 3 stars instead of 4 is that I had a hard time following the sequence of it. At times The Panic Virus reads like a suspense novel, which made for very intense reading, but I would rather it had been organized differently--more like the non-fiction that it is. But I do recommend it to anyone who has second thoughts about vaccinating their children. Don't be swayed by popular "alternative medicine" and irresponsible journalism. Please think of the health of your child and all children: support immunization. ( )
  AngelaLaughing | Jan 25, 2014 |
Seth spends a great deal of time discussing the value of vaccines and the problem with some people who think vaccines can cause autism. I think I got the point about 1/5 of the way through the book. He gives more and more information on the same idea. I agree with his point that the vaccines are valuable and that there is no scientific evidence to support the autism claim. So, why must the author go on and on? ( )
  GlennBell | Aug 2, 2012 |
This book is about the debate over vaccines and autism, but it is also a about development of vaccines in general, mistakes made in vaccination programs and successes achieved. In spite of all the science to the contrary, many individuals still feel that their child's autism was started when they were vaccinated. There is an emotional need to find a reason when such a serious condition happens to your child. But the lack of vaccinations in a significant number in the population has become a danger to others as we see outbreaks of illnesses that were almost conquered. A very interesting book ( )
  gbelik | Nov 29, 2011 |
Mnookin takes his skills as a journalist and writes this engaging and readable book about the history of vaccines, including giving a history of the times when vaccine controversies started and when vaccine safety really was a credible danger. He brings the story of vaccines to the present, illuminating the motives and message of the anti-vaccine movement. He is clearly interested in the history and present situations related to vaccine safety, and this book explains the social and media issues surrounding the vaccine debates. ( )
  kaelirenee | Jun 13, 2011 |
Mnookin exposes the scam linking autism to vaccines and the harm it caused. He also exposes missteps by the US and British governments and the scientific community that allow the misinformation and beliefs against vaccines from small pox to polio to measles. Mnookin writes about the "impotence" of governments and the medical community against the media-fueled scares and lack of fact checking. It is discouraging that, despite the evidence, people still believe that it is better to have a child suffer or die from whooping cough, measles, mumps, rubella, polio than to get vaccinated. (I would not wish measles or mumps on anybody. I had them). It is a very negative scene that Mnookin paints. The lack of respect of doctors, scientists, and public health officials that he describes is very sad. Salk was considered a hero. If he were doing his work today, it would seem that he would be severely denigrated. ( )
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"A lie will go round the world while truth is pulling its boots on."- proverb popularized by Baptist preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon in an 1855 sermon and often attributed to Mark Twain
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For Sara and Max
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On April 22, 2006, Kelly Lacey looked around her dinner table and smiled: Dan, her husband of thirteen years, was there, along with the couple's three children, Ashley, Stephen, and Matthew.
To understand the roots of modern-day fears of vaccines, it is necessary to understand vaccines themselves, and to do that requires us to look back briefly at the deadly diseases they protect against.
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A searing account of how vaccine opponents have used the media to spread their message of panic, despite no scientific evidence to support them. In this searching expos‚e, the recent hysteria over childhood vaccinations and their alleged link to autism becomes a cautionary tale of bad science amplified by media sensationalism.… (more)

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