I have received a free e-copy of the book Vaccine Science Revisited: Are Childhood Immunisations As Safe As Claimed? by James & Lance Morcan to review. You may find out more about the authors on their website.
Here is the book blurb.
An unbiased, neutral, fact-based investigation that simply allows the science to do the talking on childhood vaccinations. Written by father and son investigative journalism/research team Lance & James Morcan, with a foreword by medical laboratory scientist Elísabet Norris, VACCINE SCIENCE REVISITED is possibly the most well-referenced work yet to explore this contentious healthcare subject.
This exhaustively-researched book avoids all rumor, conjecture and anecdotal evidence, and steadfastly focuses on what the latest medical studies actually reveal about vaccines listed on the immunization schedule. One by one the ingredients of the vaccines being manufactured today are put under the microscope by comparing peer-reviewed, published studies.
By collaborating with a professional medical advisory team and utilizing investigative journalism methods, the Morcans have painstakingly sifted through the world’s best scientific research papers. They analyze the most reliable and untainted studies in order to uncover true and accurate data on vaccine safety.
No matter your level of education or experience – whether you are a doctor, layman, scientist, nurse, med student or new parent – be prepared to be surprised by many of the medical research findings in VACCINE SCIENCE REVISITED: Are Childhood Immunizations As Safe As Claimed?
I was surprised to receive this book, as I hadn’t requested it. However I set to reading it with high expectations as I had previously really enjoyed Silent Fear, a fictional thriller by father and son duo, Lance and James Morcan.
I’ve always been aware that childhood vaccination is a contentious topic, particularly with regards to the MMR vaccine. Every so often it hits the news headlines with possible links to autism and other health issues. We decided to vaccinate both our sons as per UK guidelines. I think I thought at that time, they would then be immune to these illnesses forever, having had mumps three times myself as a child. Of course I subsequently found out this was not the case for son1, so we repeated all his vaccinations back to those from babyhood, starting about 6 months after he finished chemotherapy.
Chicken pox is one illness that is not routinely vaccinated against here in the UK and son1 caught this when he was age 3. Luckily his immunity prevailed every time there was an outbreak at school whilst he was on chemotherapy. But it meant yet another needle to check his immunity, every time he was exposed. When I found out that chicken pox is routinely vaccinated against in some other countries, it did cause me to question why not in the UK, each time he had to undergo this test.
So with all my personal experiences, I thought that this would prove to be a very interesting topic to gain some insight from this book. However the book is divided into parts with what I was hoping to read about towards the second half of the book. The start of the book after an interesting forward seemed to focus on smallpox in the 1700s and Dr Jenner whom I remember learning about at school. I was just about coping with this section but when the book moved on to focus on cells, I began to switch off. It was getting too technical and not holding my interest. I was not even 15% through the book yet.
Unfortunately there were no hyperlinks for the chapters, so I couldn’t attempt to fast forward to see if part 2 would prove more interesting. In the end, I’m sorry to say I just gave up on this book. A shame as I could tell that the authors had invested a huge amount of research into this topic. I’m sure it is probably a must-read for those in the medical profession.
Vaccine Science Revisited is available on Amazon, currently priced at £1.99 in in Kindle format. Unfortunately too complicated for me.
Update – The e-version of the book I received was a PDF copy. I have since been assured that the kindle version contains chapter hyperlinks in the index.
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Disclosure. This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free. All opinions are my own.
All view points are respected. Thanks for the feedback!
Incidentally, the respected San Francisco Review of Books site describes VACCINE SCIENCE REVISITED as “an outstanding read” and insists it’s “Highly Recommended – especially for physicians and other medical personnel.” – http://www.sanfranciscoreviewofbooks.com/2019/01/book-review-vaccine-science-revisited.html
For anyone interested, here’s a YouTube audio of the book’s Foreword written by Elísabet Norris, Medical Laboratory Scientist, B.S. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=14&v=jmN9nH7kBjc
A very helpful review and an important topic about which all parents should read.
What a shame that the book was not more readable. This is such an important topic, we really need a book that explains everything in layman’s terms.
Yes exactly my thoughts
That particular criticism (by the reviewer) was incorrect. As she belatedly states in an update at very end of her review, “The e-version of the book I received was a PDF copy. I have since been assured that the kindle version contains chapter hyperlinks in the index.” — The Kindle version does indeed have ALL the hyperlinks and they are ALL in working order. -Lance Morcan (Author).
Lance, I think you’ve missed the point of Fiona’s comment regarding how I found the book too complicated to read, with it not being in layman’s terms. Even with the PDF, I could have fast forwarded to a random page further through the book if I had so desired, but I had lost my appetite to continue reading due to how complex it was. Sorry.
This sounds more like a reference book than one to read cover to cover. I am definitely in the camp of vaccinating all of my children against everything!
Possibly but it would be hard to decide where to dip into the book
Aaaa that’s a shame, with all the news surrounding immunisations again this could have been a really informative read, perhaps they need to look at editing it for a wider audience! #readwithme
Yes I certainly got bogged down with it
I’m not sure I would have been able to read it either. All of our children have been vaccinated as per UK guidelines and I would do the same again without question if I were to have another child. Which I definitely won’t be!
Yes that was my stance too
Sorry that you didn’t manage to finish the book. It’s interesting that the UK doesn’t vaccinate against chicken pox. I didn’t want to vaccinate my daughter but it’s hard for her to catch it when her friends have already been vaccinated against it so we decided to do it.
Always a controversial topic