Upon becoming a new mother, Eula Biss addresses a chronic condition of fear - fear of the government, the medical establishment, and what is in your child's air, food, mattress, medicine, and vaccines. She finds that you cannot immunize your child, or yourself, from the world.
In this bold, fascinating book, Biss investigates the metaphors and myths surrounding our conception of immunity and its implications for the individual and the social body. As she hears more and more fears about vaccines, Biss researches what they mean for her own child, her immediate community, America, and the world, both historically and in the present moment. She extends a conversation with other mothers to meditations on Voltaire's Candide, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, Susan Sontag's AIDS and Its Metaphors, and beyond. On Immunity is a moving account of how we are all interconnected - our bodies and our fates.
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thought provoking and personal essay on immunisation
This is an essay about, and a history of, immunisation. It sounds dry but it really isn't. The author is American and a new mother and brings concerns that I'm not sure are as prevalent in the UK but is very even handed and thoughtful, referencing history and literature and other essayists, notably Susan Sontag. The NY Times rated it in their top 10 for 2014 and I can see why. Highly recommended.