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New KIE Journal book review examines vaccine controversy

The Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal (KIEJ) is happy to announce publication of a new Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal book review.

Dr. Michael Yudell, Associate Professor, Department of Community Health and Prevention at Drexel University, offers a review of On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Bliss (Graywolf Press, 2014).

Yudell is a researcher in the fields of ethics, genomics and the history of public health. His work, which focuses on the history, risk communication, and ethics of autism spectrum disorders, as well as emergency preparedness, vaccines, and the history of the race concept in biology, intersects nicely with Bliss’s critique of America’s sudden obsession with and fear of vaccines.

Read an excerpt of the review below:

In On Immunity: An Inoculation, essayist and author Eula Biss has given academics and clinicians interested in the public’s skepticism of vaccines, and of science skepticism more generally, a fresh look at what drives these phenomena. Despite public health’s continued success in maintaining high rates of coverage for vaccines across the United States, recent measles, mumps, and rubella outbreaks in the U.S. (and globally for that matter) have harmed lives and indicate cracks in the vaccine uptake façade. From a public health perspective, it’s all hands on deck to make sure vaccine coverage stays high. Biss’s outsiders’ view of these issues offers bioethicists, public health practitioners, and physicians much to consider as we address ongoing challenges to vaccination.

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