Si narra che Teti, la madre dell’eroe greco Achille, per rendere il figlioletto invulnerabile lo immerse nelle acque dello Stige, il fiume che scorre sul confine con il regno dei morti. Da questo episodio mitologico parte Eula Biss, docente universitaria, scrittrice e madre, per indagare il concetto di immunità e quindi addentrarsi in tutte le pieghe di una questione di urgente attualità: quella dei vaccini. Mai come in questi tempi vediamo infuriare ovunque, dai social network alla stampa fino all’editoria specializzata e alle sedi accademiche, un dibattito che prende spesso i toni della polemica ideologica, scatena paure irrazionali e dissemina dubbi laceranti. Che cosa dobbiamo fare per il bene nostro e, soprattutto, dei nostri figli? In questo libro, giudicato uno dei migliori del 2014 dalla New York Times Book Review, Biss ci aiuta a dare una risposta soppesando tutti gli aspetti del problema e i dati a nostra disposizione. Con l’appassionata lucidità di chi ha affrontato in prima persona la paura, la diffidenza e il calvario della decisione.
- ISBN: 8868333872
- Casa Editrice: Ponte alle Grazie
- Pagine: 240
Just lovely: so thoughtful and empathetic and intellectually wide-ranging. I've often wondered why people--privileged, educated people, no less--choose not to vaccinate their children, disregarding scientific evidence and social responsibility. I've especially wondered why this position seems so una Leggi tutto
A meditation on American culture's conception of illness, On Immunity takes on the misinformation and paranoia surrounding vaccination. In precise and moving prose, Eula Biss tracks the global history of immunization, critiques the act of describing public and private health through militaristic met Leggi tutto
This book isn't what I thought. I expected a historical record of the development of vaccines as well as a debate about whether or not parents should vaccinate their children and I got that -- for the first few chapters. Then Biss launched into a serious of personal essays about the birth of her son Leggi tutto
Those of us who identify as what is called "pro-vax"--parents who not only vaccinate their children, but who feel passionately about it--are not exactly shrinking violets. Frankly, we can't afford to be--although the vast majority of parents vaccinate their children, we do it as a matter of course f Leggi tutto
This book is remarkable. Read it.
On Immunity: An Inoculation Eula Biss, the author of "On Immunization: An Inoculation" is the daughter of a poet and a doctor. She is herself a poet and a renowned essayist, this creates a seemingly absurd but interesting background that I think allows her to bring a unique perspective to an issu
There was a lot of very informative and insightful material in On Immunity. I liked the section focused on perceptions of risk, where the belief of the validity of a particular risk by many people in society is often at odds with quantifiable facts. I also enjoyed the metaphorical comparisons that E Leggi tutto
Eula Biss isn’t a scientist; she’s an award-winning non-fiction writer and a mother. But based on On Immunity: An Inoculation , she’s clearly done copious amounts of research. The book is a personal, impressionistic, fascinating look at the history of immunity, from those 18th century English milkmai Leggi tutto
Wow, not what I expected. I agree with Rebecca's review below. I was wanting a more factual/historical read, but instead this book was ALL OVER THE PLACE. The chapters weren't arranged chronologically, or in any logical way whatsoever. You start a new chapter where she talks about when her son was b Leggi tutto
This book is a collection of essays from the author's perspective as a doctor's daughter and a mother. It informs the reader about immunity, viruses, history of some diseases, clinical trials and vaccination. It also explains the concept of herd immunity and the process involved in finding a vaccine Leggi tutto
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