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The Panic Virus by Seth Mnookin
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May 26, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: popular-science, public-health
Read in May, 2011

Excellent! Seth's book offers a broader take on the autism-vaccine crisis than Paul A. Offit's Autism's False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure - in itself a great book on the topic. Seth embeds the autism-vaccine story in a larger discussion of the (US and UK) public's often skeptical reaction to scientific experts and explores significant events leading to the current status quo. Like Paul, Seth points out the clear financial windfall made by many proponents of 'alternative therapies' for autism (including but not limited to the infamous Andrew Wakefield). I definitely recommend reading this book if you have any interest in public health or the interactions between science and society.


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