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Nonfiction Books

Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine
Written by Paul A. Offit, MD, (Basic Books, 2015; 253 pages). In Bad Faith Dr. Offit describes in vivid detail those who choose to medically martyr themselves, or their children, in the name of religion, and the complex relationship of medicine and religion in America. Available in both paper and Kindle formats from Amazon and other major booksellers.
On Immunity. An Inoculation
Written by Eula Biss (Greywolf Press, 2014; 205 pages). The author addresses fear of the government, the medical establishment, and what may be in our children’s air, food, mattresses, medicines, and in particular vaccines. Available in hardback, paperback and Kindle formats from Amazon.
Autism's False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure
By Paul A. Offit, MD (Columbia University Press, 2008: 328 pages) In this book, Paul A. Offit, a national expert on vaccines, recounts the history of autism research and the exploitation of this tragic condition by advocates and zealots. To order, visit your local bookstore or order online. Contact Columbia University Press at (800) 944-8648 or by fax at (800) 944-1844.
The Cutter Incident: How America's First Polio Vaccine Led to the Growing Vaccine Crisis
By Paul A. Offit, MD (Yale University Press, 2007: 256 pages) To purchase, visit your local bookstore, or order online.
Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All
Written by Paul A. Offit, MD, (Basic Books, 2010; 288 pages), Deadly Choices is the story of anti-vaccine activity in America—its origins, leaders, influences, and impact—and is a powerful defense of science in the face of fear.
The End of Polio?
By Tim Brookes and Omar A. Khan, M.D., M.H.S. (APHA Press, 2006: 206 pages) The authors give an on-the-ground look inside the worldwide effort to eradicate polio in countries from Pakistan to Nigeria.
Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused It
By Gina Kolata (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2001: 256 pages). To purchase, visit your local bookstore.
The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History
By John M. Barry (Penguin, 2005: 546 pages) To purchase, visit your local bookstore, or order online.
The History of Vaccines
By Karie Youngdahl, Babi Hammond, and Michelle Sipics (College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 2013, 52 pages). Written by the people behind the award-winning HistoryofVaccines.org website, this book covers the birth of vaccination in the late 1700s and traces the influences of the bacteriological revolution of the late 1800s into the rapidly expanding field of vaccinology. The book is colorful and visually engaging, with more than 40 illustrations, photographs, and charts. Most of the images are taken from the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. To purchase, order online. If you are interested in purchasing more than 10 copies of the book for a pediatric practice or other use, please contact Karie Youngdahl, the project director, at kyoungdahl@collegeofphysicians.org. A timeline poster (20" by 18") of vaccine history is also available.
The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science and Fear
In The Panic Virus (Simon & Schuster, 2011: 429 pages), journalist Seth Mnookin draws on interviews with parents, public-health advocates, scientists, and anti-vaccine activists to tackle a fundamental question: How do we decide what the truth is? The book is a riveting and sometimes heart-breaking medical detective story that explores the limits of rational thought. It is the ultimate cautionary tale for our time.
Polio: An American Story
By David M. Oshinsky, winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in History (Oxford University Press, 2006: 368 pages) To purchase, visit your local bookstore, or order online.
Twin Voices: A Memoir of Polio, the Forgotten Killer
By Janice Flood Nichols (iUniverse, Inc., 2007: 282 pages) As a polio survivor, Janice Nichols writes about about how her family was affected by polio in the 1950s. To order, visit your local bookstore.
Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine's Greatest Lifesaver
By Arthur Allen (W. W. Norton, 2007: 512 pages) To purchase, visit your local bookstore, or order online.
Vaccinated: One Man's Quest to Defeat the World's Deadliest Diseases
By Paul A. Offit, MD (HarperCollins, 2007) To purchase, visit your local bookstore, or order online.
Vaccine-Preventable Disease: The Forgotten Story
By Rachel M. Cunningham, MPH; Julie A. Boom, MD; and Carol J. Baker, MD
Written by experts from the Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Awareness and Research (CVAR) in response to increased media attention on vaccines, this book profiles families devastated by vaccine-preventable disease. The book seeks to educate families about the importance of protecting children through vaccines and to dispel the myth that vaccine-preventable diseases are merely relics of the past. To purchase ($3.00), order online.
This page was updated on January 18, 2016.
This page was reviewed on January 13, 2016.
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