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240 Pages

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9781786940469

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Strangling Angel

Diphtheria and Childhood Immunization in Ireland

Michael Dwyer

Liverpool University Press

Reappraisals in Irish History LUP

  • This is the first comprehensive history of the anti-diphtheria campaign and the origins of childhood immunization in Ireland - it uses new historical sources that place Ireland on the European frontline of the bacteriological revolution
  • It reveals a dark chapter where Irish doctors and a British pharmaceutical giant conducted vaccine trials on vulnerable children in Irish residential institutions
  • It revisits the controverial Ring College immunization disaster to reveal an extraordinary and disturbing series of events following the death of a 12 year old child following routine immunization
  • In the developed world, childhood immunization continues to be mired in controversy; this book brings historical context to bear on current debate

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