The Vaccination Picture

The Vaccination Picture

Book - 2017
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Addresses a wide variety of topics related to vaccination and vaccination hesitancy.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Canada, 2017.
ISBN: 9780735234994
Branch Call Number: 614.47083 CAU
Characteristics: 171 pages :,colour illustrations, colour map


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Nov 28, 2020

If you are hoping to educate yourself on the pros and cons of vaccination, this is not a tome you should bother with.
This is a pro-vax editorial funded by AHS and The Trudeau Foundation, the latter of which Mr. Caulfield resides in as a fellow. This work appears to have been shared with friends and family of Mr. Caulfield.

Tim Caulfield is an openly pro-vax type. Thing is, he is not a medical professional, he's an academic lawyer. This guy is often considered as some sort of expert on vaccines when he is not. His area is health policy and, frankly, I'd prefer someone more knowledgeable about clinical medicine and actual biological sciences be in such a position.

This book does not delve into any details, pro or con, on the topic. It is filled with great topical art but has very little actual print in it. The data he cites to support his view is not up to current understanding in some areas but he is mostly correct on aspects of how people think about conspiracy theories.

I do not recommend this book.
However, if you do pick it up, it will only take a few minutes to read.

Oct 11, 2019

While I have had all of my vaccinations, and I believe them to be helpful, Timothy Caulfield's book actually mades me sympathetic to the cause of the anti-vaxxer movement. The author's one-sided, "science knows best" approach completely ignores the nuance of what makes us human. We are not just machines because each of us live by a code of ethics and morality which makes us uniquely individual. This book fails to acknowledge that some people may be against vaccines for perfectly valid ethical and moral reasons (and just because someone may disagree with those reasons does not invalidate them), such as using aborted human fetal material to create certain types of vaccines. As a consequence, this book fails to promote an understanding of the issues surrounding vaccination and reduces the vaccination controversy to a "science versus the ignorant" proposition. This reductionism is not science, nor does it promote the ideals of science, instead it is Propaganda.

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