Between Hope and Fear by Michael Kinch
A History of Vaccines and Human Immunity

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A useful book that effectively “conveys the challenges posed by infectious disease and relates a story of unparalleled successes in vaccines that have raised both the quality and quantity of life for all people.”
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A smart and compelling examination of the science of immunity, the public policy implications of vaccine denial, and the real-world outcomes of failing to vaccinate.

If you have a child in school, you may have heard stories of long-dormant diseases suddenly reappearing―cases of measles, mumps, rubella, and whooping cough cropping up everywhere from elementary schools to Ivy League universities because a select group of parents refuse to vaccinate their children.

Between Hope and Fear tells the remarkable story of vaccine-preventable infectious diseases and their social and political implications. While detailing the history of vaccine invention, Kinch reveals the ominous reality that our victories against vaccine-preventable diseases are not permanent―and could easily be undone. In the tradition of John Barry’s The Great Influenza and Siddhartha Mukherjee’s The Emperor of All Maladies, Between Hope and Fear relates the remarkable intersection of science, technology and disease that has helped eradicate many of the deadliest plagues known to man.

8 pages of color photographs
 

About Michael Kinch

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Michael Kinch (Corvallis, OR) is a freelance writer and the author of Warts , an educational book for middle graders. While working as a science librarian at Oregon State University, he taught a workshop in Malawi, Africa, and The Blending Time , his debut novel, arose from the experience.
 
Published July 3, 2018 by Pegasus Books. 352 pages
Genres: History, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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A useful book that effectively “conveys the challenges posed by infectious disease and relates a story of unparalleled successes in vaccines that have raised both the quality and quantity of life for all people.”

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