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The Antivaccine Heresy: Jacobson v. Massachusetts and the Troubled History of Contemporary Vaccination in the United States

The Antivaccine Heresy: Jacobson v. Massachusetts and the Troubled History of Contemporary... Book Reviews 233 The Antivaccine Heresy: Jacobson v. Massachusetts and the Troubled History of Contemporary Vaccination in the United States By Karen L. Walloch (Rochester, NY: Rochester University Press, 2015) (352 pages; $125.00 cloth, $39.99 e-book) In The Antivaccine Heresy: Jacobson v. Massachusetts and the Troubled His tory of Contemporary Vaccination in the United States, Karen Walloch unpacks the complex historical contexts that led to the 1905 landmar Jacob k case, - son v. Massachusetts, which set the legal precedent that allows compulsory vaccination in the United States. The Antivaccine Heresy examines the realities of vaccination at the time of Jacobson—the often unsafe and uncertain prac - tice of vaccination, the immediate factors motivating the laws and practices of the Boston Health Department, and the fervor of local anti-vaccination leagues. Each chapter provides a rich social historical approach to the case, using evidence from medical literature, law, legislation, legal opinions, per - sonal correspondence, and news publications to trace the varying issues about vaccination leading up to Jacobson. The text also aims to offer a historical argu - ment that complicates current understanding of vaccine hesitancy. In Chapters 1 and 2, Walloch describes the various methods of developing and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

The Antivaccine Heresy: Jacobson v. Massachusetts and the Troubled History of Contemporary Vaccination in the United States

Nursing History Review , Volume 26 (1): 3 – Jan 1, 2018

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Book Reviews 233 The Antivaccine Heresy: Jacobson v. Massachusetts and the Troubled History of Contemporary Vaccination in the United States By Karen L. Walloch (Rochester, NY: Rochester University Press, 2015) (352 pages; $125.00 cloth, $39.99 e-book) In The Antivaccine Heresy: Jacobson v. Massachusetts and the Troubled His tory of Contemporary Vaccination in the United States, Karen Walloch unpacks the complex historical contexts that led to the 1905 landmar Jacob k case, - son v. Massachusetts, which set the legal precedent that allows compulsory vaccination in the United States. The Antivaccine Heresy examines the realities of vaccination at the time of Jacobson—the often unsafe and uncertain prac - tice of vaccination, the immediate factors motivating the laws and practices of the Boston Health Department, and the fervor of local anti-vaccination leagues. Each chapter provides a rich social historical approach to the case, using evidence from medical literature, law, legislation, legal opinions, per - sonal correspondence, and news publications to trace the varying issues about vaccination leading up to Jacobson. The text also aims to offer a historical argu - ment that complicates current understanding of vaccine hesitancy. In Chapters 1 and 2, Walloch describes the various methods of developing and

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Published: Jan 1, 2018

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