“Science in a Democracy”: The Contested Status of Vaccination in the Progressive Era and the 1920s

@article{Colgrove2005ScienceIA,
  title={“Science in a Democracy”: The Contested Status of Vaccination in the Progressive Era and the 1920s},
  author={J. Colgrove},
  journal={Isis},
  year={2005},
  volume={96},
  pages={167 - 191}
}
  • J. Colgrove
  • Published 2005
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Isis
  • In the first decades of the twentieth century, a heterogeneous assortment of groups and individuals articulated scientific, political, and philosophical objections to vaccination. They engaged in an ongoing battle for public opinion with medical and scientific elites, who responded with their own counterpropaganda. These ideological struggles reflected fear that scientific advances were being put to coercive uses and that institutions of the state and civil society were increasingly expanding… CONTINUE READING
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