Against the Grain

A Social History of Vaccination

It’s stating the obvious to observe that vaccination in the United States is a highly charged subject.  But the heat of the controversies, as historian Elena Conis argues, obscures how vaccination — which has saved many lives when used against deadly illnesses — became so widespread, including for milder diseases. Conis discusses the cultural, political, and social forces that have shaped mass vaccination.


Elena Conis, Vaccine Nation: America’s Changing Relationship with Immunization University of Chicago Press, 2015

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