Defeating the ministers of death : the compelling history of vaccination /

By: Isaacs, David
Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. : HarperCollins Publishers, 2019Copyright date: ©2019Description: 357 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour) ; 24 cmContent type: still image | text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volume | volumeISBN: 9781460756843 (paperback)Other title: History of vaccination | VaccinationSubject(s): Communicable diseases -- Prevention | Vaccination | Vaccines -- History | Communicable Disease Control -- History | Communicable diseases -- Prevention -- History | Vaccination -- History | Immunisation -- History
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

1.Our deadliest foes -- 2.Smallpox, the speckled monster -- 3.The flawed genius of Louis Pasteur -- 4.The end of polio -- 5.Tuberculosis, the great equaliser -- 6.Diphtheria, the scourge of childhood -- 7.The golden age of immunisation -- 8.Vaccines and cancer -- 9.Vaccines and pregnancy -- 10.Vaccines for the elderly -- 11.The tragedies and the frauds -- 12.The modern anti-immunisation movement -- 13.Immunisation and ethics -- 14.Overcoming the iniquity of poverty -- 15.Immunisation into the future.

The compelling history of vaccination. We may fear terrorist attacks but in truth humans have always had far more to fear from infections. In 1950 there were an estimated 50 million cases of smallpox worldwide, which killed 10 million people. At the end of WWI, Spanish flu proved deadlier than the war that had just eradicated nearly 20 million people. In 1980, before the measles vaccine was introduced, an estimated 2.6 million children died each year of this disease. Less than 100 years ago, child and infant death due to illness was a tragic event dreaded by every parent - from the most revered to the poorest. Today, these diseases are seen not at all or only rarely, thanks to the development of antibiotics and vaccination. Vaccination, especially, has given 20th- and 21st-century parents a peace of mind their ancestors could only dream of. The story of vaccination is rich with trial, error, sabotage and success. It's the tragedy of lives lost, the drama of competition and discovery, the culpability of botched testing, and the triumph of effective, lifelong immunity. Yet with the eradication in the first world of some of our deadliest diseases - and the fading memory of their awful consequences - complacency has set in. We forget the power of these diseases at our peril. This is a book for everyone who fronts up to get their jabs and might want to be reminded why.

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