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Vaccines: Are they Worth a Shot?


Vaccines: Are they Worth a Shot?



von: Andrea Grignolio

23,79 €

Verlag: Copernicus
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 13.07.2018
ISBN/EAN: 9783319681061
Sprache: englisch

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The dangerous decline in vaccinations in many developed countries is at the heart of a lively debate that confirms how important the subject is today. Vaccinations are among mankind’s most important scientific discoveries, yet they continue to be viewed with suspicion by part of the public – the victims of disinformation campaigns, instrumentalization and unfounded fears. There is, however, also an evolutionary explanation for these irrational beliefs, and countering the growing social opposition will be extremely difficult without grasping it. This book, which sheds new light on the safety and importance of vaccinations, is intended both for parents and those readers who want to understand the role of vaccinations in contemporary society, where the ease of access to knowledge is both a great opportunity and a great responsibility. The chapters follow a historical progression and conclude with a discussion of the most recent cognitive theories on how to overcome this opposition to vaccinations.
1. The parents of unvaccinated children 1.1. The 80s, the beginning of the crisis (or resistance) 1.2. Education about risk 1.3. Social changes: The doctor-patient relationship in jeopardy 1.4. Unexpected impact of late fecundity   2. A brief history of the anti-vaccination movements 2.1. The anti-vaccination movements between 1700 and 1800: Roots of obligation and objection 2.2. The anti-vaccination movements in 1900: Media and politics   3. Web alarms: autism, mercury and immune overload 3.1. Conspiracy on the Internet: separating fact from fiction 3.2. Economic criticism: Big Pharma and the allure of patents 3.3. Logic errors: the precautionary principle and the equal balance mistake 3.4. False or manipulated data: Autism 3.5. Prejudices and ideologies: Purported overload and weakening of the immune system   <4. The antivax “experts": five ways to recognize them 4.1. Alternative philosophies: homeopathy, anthroposophy and Waldarf -Steiner schools 4.2. The "alternative therapies": Five clues that reveal a charlatan   5. Past, present, and future of vaccines 5.1. Evolutionary history of naturally acquired immunity 5.2. Artificially acquired immunity: success and safety of vaccines 5.3. Therapeutic vaccines of the future: cancer and neurodegenerative diseases   6. Conclusions 6.1. A new alliance between scientists and citizens for a “knowledge society” 6.2. Some tools for good communication strategies to combat anti-vaccination resistance
“Who’s afraid of vaccinations?” was included among the 5 books in the final selection of Premio Galileo - the most important Italian prize for the Public awareness of science – and was the most voted by the scientific committee.  The title was also included in the final selection of the second most important scientific prize in Italy - Premio Nazionale per la Divulgazione Scientifica (2016) – and is the only book that has reached the final of both prizes.-size: 13.5pt;font-family: Helvetica , sans-serif;">
Andrea Grignolio teaches the history of medicine at the Sapienza University of Rome and carries out research on the history of vaccinations at the Université François Rabelais of Tours. He has had an international education, which has taken him from Paris to Boston to Berkeley. He has published in national and international journals and writes for “la Repubblica” and “La Stampa”.
The dangerous decline in vaccinations in many developed countries is at the heart of a lively debate that confirms how important the subject is today. Vaccinations are among mankind’s most important scientific discoveries, yet they continue to be viewed with suspicion by part of the public – the victims of disinformation campaigns, instrumentalization and unfounded fears. There is, however, also an evolutionary explanation for these irrational beliefs, and countering the growing social opposition will be extremely difficult without grasping it. This book, which sheds new light on the safety and importance of vaccinations, is intended both for parents and those readers who want to understand the role of vaccinations in contemporary society, where the ease of access to knowledge is both a great opportunity and a great responsibility. The chapters follow a historical progression and conclude with a discussion of the most recent cognitive theories on how to overcome this opposition to vaccinations.
Offers readers an introduction from worldwide vaccination authority Paul OffitCombats common misconceptions and false arguments in the debate over vaccinations Provides scientific and historical information for those readers who feel overwhelmed by the various arguments from both sides
Combats common misconceptions and false arguments in the debate over vaccinations Provides scientific and historical information for those readers who feel overwhelmed by the various arguments from both sides Helps to understand where the fear of and opposition to vaccinations come from

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