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    Evidence of Harm (Paperback) By (author) David Kirby

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    DescriptionIn the 1990s, autism in American children began spiking, from 1-2 in 10,000 in 1987 to a shocking 1 in 166 today. In this period, two series of shots containing a mercury-based preservative called Thimerosal were added to the nation's already crowded vaccination schedule. Some parents noticed their healthy children suddenly descending into silent, disturbed, and physically ill autism soon after receiving vaccinations. They discovered that children were being exposed to mercury at very young ages - even before birth-at levels far exceeding federal regulations, yet their concerns were either ignored or dismissed by the FDA and the CDC. "Evidence Of Harm" explores both sides of this controversy, which has pitted families against the federal government, public health agencies, and some powerful doctors, researchers, and pharmaceutical giants. It reveals: The Story of Thimerosal: a mercury-based additive approved by the FDA in the 1930s and never subsequently tested; The "Mercury Mums" and their struggle to help their afflicted children; the invitation-only meeting at which FDA, CDC, medical, and pharmaceutical company officials discussed mercury, vaccines, and autism; and the mysterious rider to the Homeland security bill, originally drafted by Senator Bill Frist, which would provide extended liability protection to drug companies. This even-handed, important book examines both the personal stories of families and the unfolding political drama in the courts and halls of Congress.

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    Evidence of Harm
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Kirby
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 480
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 472 g
    ISBN 13: 9780312326456
    ISBN 10: 0312326459

    BIC E4L: HEA
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T9.0
    Ingram Subject Code: PI
    Libri: I-PI
    B&T General Subject: 420
    BIC subject category V2: VFD
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26920
    BISAC V2.8: MED078000
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: HEA028000
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    DC22: 614.47083, 614.4/7/083
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: RJ240 .K57 2006
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    DC22: 618.9285882071
    Thema V1.0: VFD, MBP
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Griffin Publishing
    Imprint name
    Saint Martin's Griffin,U.S.
    Publication date
    20 March 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    David Kirby has been a contributor to "The New York Times" for eight years, where he writes articles about science and health, among other subjects. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
    Review quote
    "Engrossing... This is the book for concerned parents to read. It's accessible in it's handling of medical topics and compelling in its recounting of the parents' fight." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)."