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Mnookin, Seth
The panic virus : a true story of medicine, science, and fear / Seth Mnookin
1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
New York : Simon & Schuster, c2011
book jacket
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 4th Floor  RA638 .M675 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Vaccination -- History
Vaccination -- Psychological aspects
Health behavior
Sensationalism in journalism
Mass media and culture
Physical Description xvi, 429 p. ; 25 cm
Note 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 evolving 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 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 exposé, the recent hysteria over childhood vaccinations and their alleged link to autism becomes a cautionary tale of bad science amplified by media sensationalism

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