Press-clips catch-up: Neurotribes, Mom Power, and the History of Vaccines

March 12th, 2011 → 3:40 pm @ // No Comments

As I said in my post detailing some of the events I’ve been involved with over the past week, I haven’t had a lot of time to update my site; as a result, here’s a catch-all post featuring some of the interviews and articles about The Panic Virus that have run recently.

One of the most interesting, and certainly the most commented upon, was Steve Silberman’s piece “Autism, Vaccines, and Community: Straight Talk with Seth Mnookin.” Steve is one of the smartest science writers alive; if you don’t believe me check out his blog, Neurotribes, or this Wired piece on placebos. (He’s also one of the world’s foremost authorities on the Grateful Dead — which happens to be my favorite band. If you want to check out some of Dead-related books, liner notes, or other ephemera, scroll down to “Music-Related Links” on Steve’s website.) If you’re interested in looking at this issue from a number of different angles, or if you want to see the type of anger and emotion any discussion of autism and vaccines can inspire, it’s worth reading the piece and the subsequent discussion.

Moving on, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia’s posted on its History of Vaccines blog an interview College Director Dr. George Wohlreich conducted with Paul Offit and me before our event on March 1. Last week, Skepchick‘s Chelsea also published the transcript of a conversation the two of us had before that very event.

In The Dallas Morning News, editor Michael Landauer used The Panic Virus as the jumping off point for a piece titled, “Why are the media so bad at providing context?”

Right before I left town last weekend, I was on TVO-Ontario’s The Agenda with Steve Palkin; the first part of the show was about my book, and the second part was a more wide-ranging discussion about “Bad Science.”

And finally, The Panic Virus was written up in a wonderful blog post by Shadra Bruce , titled “Getting to the Truth of the Autism-Immunization Controversy,” on I Got Mom Power:

I’ve read A LOT, both in study and in leisure. The Panic Virus by Seth Mnookin is the perfect combination of both types of reading. It is fascinating, and often moves forward at the pace of a good detective novel, but it is also well researched and incredibly informative. … Regardless of your opinion regarding the connection between immunizations and Autism, Mnookin has written a book that will help you understand how you decide what the truth is as you travel on a brilliantly written, heart-rending journey. I highly recommend The Panic Virus by Seth Mnookin as a book worth curling up with.

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3 Comments → “Press-clips catch-up: Neurotribes, Mom Power, and the History of Vaccines”

  1. jre

    13 years ago

    If I had the foresight that God gave geese, I’d have checked your schedule and been at CU for the Thursday talk. Rats. My disappointment is all the keener to learn that there is yet another harmonious frequency here. For the past twenty years, my most reliable donation has been to KGNU for the annual Grateful Dead special. Now I have added Every Child By Two, and plan to expand to the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition and the Autism Science Foundation.

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