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The Resource Defeating the ministers of death : the compelling history of vaccination, David Isaacs

Defeating the ministers of death : the compelling history of vaccination, David Isaacs

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Defeating the ministers of death : the compelling history of vaccination
Title
Defeating the ministers of death
Title remainder
the compelling history of vaccination
Statement of responsibility
David Isaacs
Title variation
  • History of vaccination
  • Vaccination
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Language
eng
Summary
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 21stcentury 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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Isaacs, David
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  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Immunization
  • Vaccination
  • Vaccines
  • Communicable diseases
Target audience
adult
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Defeating the ministers of death : the compelling history of vaccination, David Isaacs
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Publication
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
357 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781460756843
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
be2019012894
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some colour)
Label
Defeating the ministers of death : the compelling history of vaccination, David Isaacs
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
357 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781460756843
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
be2019012894
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some colour)

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