On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss
(Graywolf Press, 2014, 205 pages)
This was on my reading list since last year after listening to Science Friday. Biss is an English professor at Northwestern University in Chicago. She did a wonderful job of examining this scientific topic from different angles. Biss hopes to get informed and educated on a controversial issue: immunization.
She starts her research on immunization when she is pregnant with her son. She shares with readers interviews of doctors, immunologists, family and friends. She offers her analysis of works by famous philosophers and historians. She presents article summaries from medical and public health journals. The book is not a quick read, but it is a satisfying one. I especially enjoyed the medical history part. You can just never get tired of reading how Edward Jenner invented the world’s first vaccine: the smallpox vaccine. So where does Biss stand on this debate? I will not spoil that for you 🙂