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Me Medicine vs. We MedicineReclaiming Biotechnology for the Common Good$
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Donna Dickenson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231159753

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231159753.001.0001

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“The Ancient, Useless, Dangerous, and Filthy Rite of Vaccination”

“The Ancient, Useless, Dangerous, and Filthy Rite of Vaccination”

Public Health, Public Enemy?

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(p.143) 6 “The Ancient, Useless, Dangerous, and Filthy Rite of Vaccination”
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Me Medicine vs. We Medicine
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Donna Dickenson

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231159753.003.0006

This chapter explores how We Medicine in the form of vaccination appears to be old news. It briefly recounts the history of resistance to mass vaccination, which includes themes of government intrusion pitted against individual and parental autonomy. It presents three distinct vaccine stories concerning “swine flu,” childhood vaccines, and the HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccine against cervical cancer. These stories show how the strongest anti-vaccination movements arise in the developing countries; and that throughout the world, solidarity has been exhibited in the struggle against vaccination—an instrument regarded by many public health experts as the epitome of We Medicine.

Keywords:   vaccination, We Medicine, pandemics, autonomy, swine fly, childhood vaccines, HPV vaccine, anti-vaccination movements

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