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Arthur Allen, "Vaccine"

New, promising-looking, and doing well on Amazon, this is a journalist's in-depth exploration of the history of vaccines and controversies over their alleged side effects. Henry Miller, in the W$J, writes:

With the near disappearance of virulent infectious disease, Mr. Allen writes, "other diseases of childhood -- autism, juvenile diabetes, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, asthma -- have become more visible." Vaccines have even been blamed for them. Notably, the mercury-containing vaccine preservative thimerosal has been blamed for autism. But as Mr. Allen observes, there is no persuasive evidence for this claim. He comments wryly that even after thimerosal "was long gone from vaccines, people kept discovering that their children were being made autistic by it." Little wonder that vaccination rates have dwindled -- and deadly outbreaks of measles, mumps and whooping cough are more common....

What is needed is a dose of political courage and a jab of common sense -- to inform the public, ease the regulatory burden and thwart unreasonable, rampant litigation. Bringing about such changes will be, I fear, about as easy as dragging a child to the doctor for a painful shot.

The author's website and blog for the book is here. Orac (Respectful Insolence) has extensive coverage, most recently here as well as at these links.



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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