Arthur Allen kicked off his book tour in January 2007 by debating David Kirby in San Diego on the theory that vaccines cause autism. He has appeared at bookstores in Portland, Cincinnati and Washington, DC, and has spoken before scientific and lay audiences at George Washington University and the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia. He is giving the annual Bioethics Lecture at Woods Hole on July 26 and will speak to public health officials in Broward County, Fla., on Oct. 26. Allen has appeared on NPR's "Science Friday" to discuss Merck's Gardasil human papilloma virus vaccine, and on numerous NPR affiliate station programs in Minnesota, Illinois, Texas, North Carolina, Florida, Washington, Oregon and Washington DC. His op-ed columns on vaccines have appeared in the Dallas Morning News, Baltimore Sun, Washington Post Outlook section, The New Republic Online, HuffingtonPost and The New York Times. He has also been interviewed on VOA programs aimed at Latin America, China and Indonesia, on Judy Warner's XM Satellite Radio program and for numerous other radio stations in the United States and Canada. Please contact him at [email protected] if you are interested in arranging a speaking engagement.
A timely, fair-minded and crisply written account of ‘medicine’s greatest lifesaver….’ As more children go unvaccinated in the United States, there has been a rise in vaccine-preventable diseases. Meanwhile, fewer pharmaceutical companies are now producing vaccines, citing the high cost of testing, diminishing markets and a fear of litigation. For Allen, a reversal of these trends will require something long overdue: a frank national discussion about the risks and benefits of vaccination. His splendid book is a smart place to begin.
David Oshinsky, New York Times Book Review View All Reviews