Biss, Eula,

On immunity : an inoculation / Eula Biss. - 205 pages ; 22 cm

Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-202).

Examines the pervasive fears and myths surrounding vaccines from a mother's perspective and identifies the historical and cultural factors that cause people to doubt government regulations and the medical establishment. Upon becoming a new mother, Eula Biss addresses a chronic condition of fear: fear of the government, the medical establishment, and what is in children's food, mattresses, medicines, and vaccines. Biss investigates the metaphors and myths surrounding the conception of immunity and its implications for the individual and the social body. As she hears more and more fears about vaccines, Biss researches what they mean for her own child, her immediate community, America, and the world. "On becoming a new mother, Eula Biss addresses a chronic condition of fear--fear of the government, the medical establishment, what is in your child's air, food, mattress, medicine, and vaccines. She finds that you cannot immunize your child, or yourself, from the world... Biss investigates the metaphors and myths surrounding our conception of immunity and its implications for the individual and the social body. As she hears more and more fears about vaccines, Biss researches what they mean for her own child, her immediate community, America and the world, historically and in the present moment. She extends a conversation with other mothers to meditations on Voltaire's Candide, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, Susan Sontag's AIDS and Its Metaphors, and beyond. On Immunity is a moving account of how we are all interconnected--our bodies and our fates." -- Publisher's description.

9781555976897 (hardcover) 1555976891 (hardcover)

2014935701

101646061 DNLM


Biss, Eula--Family.


Vaccination of children--Social aspects.
Vaccination of children.
Vaccination--Health aspects.
Immunity.
Immune response.

RJ240 / .B57 2014 QR181 / .B538 2014 HV

616.079

2014 M-328 QW 540

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