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The Vaccine Controversy: The History, Use, and Safety of Vaccinations

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 17 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1209
  1. Richard Roberts (
  1. head of the vaccine preventable disease programme, National Public Health Service for Wales

    The sleeve pictures an impassive young military recruit, an injecting gun pressed against each deltoid, other recruits waiting in line. For those interested in vaccine controversies this is a tempting title, but do the contents live up to the promise?

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    Kurt Link

    Praeger, £19.99/$34.95, pp 208 ISBN 0 275 98472 9

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    The book contains some interesting historical detail, in particular about smallpox—which is not surprising given the recent US fiasco concerning mass vaccination against smallpox. It describes two accounts of early variolation before Jenner's work. In China in the 17th century children were deliberately …

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