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Recap: Author Seth Mnookin Discusses Vaccine-Autism Controversy

The Panic Virus

Madison, Wisconsin - Seth Mnookin's latest book, "The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear," describes the hysteria and controversy surrounding the false claim that vaccines cause autism.


Mnookin discussed the book on Thursday, Jan. 27, in a public presentation at the Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC) at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.


In his book, Mnookin covers topics such as:

  • How dishonest doctors have taken advantage of desperate parents
  • Why people are willing to believe things that are false
  • How the media have contributed to prolonging the myth
  • How declining vaccination rates have led to increased infections and deaths
  • How online communities can perpetuate misinformation and disbelief

Mnookin, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and former senior writer for Newsweek, is also the author of "Feeding the Monster" and "Hard News."


His Wisconsin talk is part of a series called Authors@HSLC. Last spring the series featured Rebecca Skloot discussing her latest book, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks."


Live Coverage


View a recap of our live blog of Mnookin's discussion. You can also watch the discussion in our Video Library.


Date Published: 01/27/2011

News tag(s):  autismethics

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