The Vaccine Debate by Stacy Friedman; Tish DavidsonProviding accurate, accessible information on vaccines and the controversies that surround them, this book outlines the history of vaccine regulation and interactions between vaccines and the immune system, and thoughtfully considers each vaccine debate. A part of Greenwood's Health and Medical Issues Today series, The Vaccine Debate provides a straightforward introduction to the interaction between vaccines and the immune system. The book documents the rise of the anti-vaccination movement, provides reasons for its prominence today, and explains the effects of vaccine refusal on public health. It also addresses concerns about the role of government in regulating vaccine production and administration, along with questions about vaccine safety. Additionally, a majority of the book examines in detail seven major vaccine controversies and mainstream medical positions on them. These controversies are given individual attention, with questions at the end of each to encourage critical thinking about such topics as the effectiveness of vaccines in protecting public health and whether vaccinations should be mandatory for public school attendance. * Explains in depth the uses, dosage, adverse events, contraindications, and limitations of every vaccine * Traces the rise of vaccine resistance from the 1800s to the present * Considers the role of the government in vaccination requirements * Discusses the debate about whether vaccines cause neuropsychological disorders such as autism spectrum disorder and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder * Examines the appropriateness of the current recommended childhood vaccines
Publication Date: 2018-11-02
Anti-Vivisection and the Profession of Medicine in Britain by A.W.H BatesThe great majority of experiments on animals in Britain have been performed in the name of medicine, yet ethical objections to vivisection came originally from doctors, who felt it brought their profession into disrepute. The recent debate on animal experimentation has focused on utilitarianism and animal rights to the exclusion of virtue ethics, but concerns about the character of the experimenter and whether vivisection was of overall benefit to society were fundamental to the development of the anti-vivisection movement.
Publication Date: 2017
Animal Experimentation: Working Towards a Paradigm Change by Kathrin Herrmann (Editor); Kimberley Jayne (Editor)Animal experimentation has been one of the most controversial areas of animal use, mainly due to the intentional harms inflicted upon animals for the sake of hoped-for benefits in humans. Despite this rationale for continued animal experimentation, shortcomings of this practice have become increasingly more apparent and well-documented. However, these limitations are not yet widely known or appreciated, and there is a danger that they may simply be ignored. The 51 experts who have contributed to Animal Experimentation: Working Towards a Paradigm Change critically review current animal use in science, present new and innovative non-animal approaches to address urgent scientific questions, and offer a roadmap towards an animal-free world of science.
Publication Date: 2019-04-04
Human Medical Experimentation: from Smallpox Vaccines to Secret Government Programs by Frances R. Frankenburg (Editor)Intended for students and general readers alike, this encyclopedia covers the history of human medical experimentation, for better and worse, from the time of Hippocrates to the present. * Offers readers a broad understanding of human experimentation * Reviews experimentation from the point of view of the history of medicine * Covers issues of vulnerable, exploited populations and unethical experimentation * Features introductory and time-period overview essays that add necessary contextual information and primary source documents that support AP and Common Core objectives * Includes specialized bibliographies that serve as a gateway to further study
Publication Date: 2017-01-16
Vaccine by Mark A. LargentSince 1990, the number of mandated vaccines has increased dramatically. Today, a fully vaccinated child will have received nearly three dozen vaccinations between birth and age six. Along with the increase in number has come a growing wave of concern among parents about the unintended side effects of vaccines. In Vaccine, Mark A. Largent explains the history of the debate and identifies issues that parents, pediatricians, politicians, and public health officials must address. Nearly 40% of American parents report that they delay or refuse a recommended vaccine for their children. Despite assurances from every mainstream scientific and medical institution, parents continue to be haunted by the question of whether vaccines cause autism. In response, health officials herald vaccines as both safe and vital to the public's health and put programs and regulations in place to encourage parents to follow the recommended vaccine schedule. For Largent, the vaccine-autism debate obscures a constellation of concerns held by many parents, including anxiety about the number of vaccines required (including some for diseases that children are unlikely ever to encounter), unhappiness about the rigorous schedule of vaccines during well-baby visits, and fear of potential side effects, some of them serious and even life-threatening. This book disentangles competing claims, opens the controversy for critical reflection, and provides recommendations for moving forward.
Publication Date: 2012-09-01
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