Book ID: CBB645814163

Vaccination in America: Medical Science and Children’s Welfare (2018)


Altenbaugh, Richard J. (Author)

Palgrave Macmillan

Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 366
Language: English

The success of the polio vaccine was a remarkable breakthrough for medical science, effectively eradicating a dreaded childhood disease. It was also the largest medical experiment to use American schoolchildren. Richard J. Altenbaugh examines an uneasy conundrum in the history of vaccination: even as vaccines greatly mitigate the harm that infectious disease causes children, the process of developing these vaccines put children at great risk as research subjects. In the first half of the twentieth century, in the face of widespread resistance to vaccines, public health officials gradually medicalized American culture through mass media, public health campaigns, and the public education system. Schools supplied tens of thousands of young human subjects to researchers, school buildings became the main dispensaries of the polio antigen, and the mass immunization campaign that followed changed American public health policy in profound ways. Tapping links between bioethics, education, public health, and medical research, this book raises fundamental questions about child welfare and the tension between private and public responsibility that still fuel anxieties around vaccination today.

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Authors & Contributors
Mawdsley, Stephen E.
Harris, Sheldon H.
Bonah, Christian
Lederer, Susan Eyrich
Schmaltz, Florian
Baader, Gerhard
Social History of Medicine
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Asclepio: Archivo Iberoamericano de Historia de la Medicina
Pacific Historical Review
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
History of Psychology
Oxford University Press
Palgrave Macmillan
University of Chicago Press
University of California, Santa Barbara
Regent University
Vaccines; vaccination
Human experimentation
Public health
Disease and diseases
Roosevelt, Franklin D.
Fleck, Ludwik
Watson, John Broadus
Salk, Jonas Edward
United States
Georgia (U.S.)
New Zealand
20th century, early
20th century
20th century, late
19th century

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