Don’t Forget: Offit and Mnookin in Philadelphia, March 1, 6:30 pm


The Panic Virus by Seth MnookinOn Tuesday, March 1, at 6:30 pm, The History of Vaccines presents Paul A. Offit, MD, and Seth Mnookin speaking about their new books – Offit’s Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All, and Mnookin’s The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear. We’ll be webcasting at the College’s Livestream channel: We hope you’ll join us in person or online for this thought-provoking event.

Thomas Fekete, MD (Section Chief, Infectious Diseases; Professor, Medicine; Associate Professor, Microbiology and Immunology; School of Medicine, Temple University, and advisor to The History of Vaccines) will moderate the discussion after the talks.

Offit, an infectious disease physician and vaccine developer, and Mnookin, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, will discuss their new books and have a conversation about the past and future of vaccination as depicted in the media, among parents, and in the medical world. A question-and-answer session with the audience will follow, as will an opportunity to buy the books. Registration for this free event is required; or, as we mention above, you can view it online.

Register for the event here.

March 1, 6:30 pm

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

19 S. 22 Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103

About Paul A. Offit, MD, and Deadly Choices

Renowned researcher and rotavirus vaccine developer Paul Offit vigorously challenges the anti-vaccine movement in Deadly Choices, a powerful defense of science in the face of fear. Offit traces one of the most powerful citizen activist movements in history—a movement that, despite recent epidemics and deaths, continues to grow. Deadly Choices is the story of anti-vaccine activity in America—its origins, leaders, influences, and impact.

Offit is the Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is the author of five books, including Autism’s False Prophets and Vaccinated. Offit is an advisor to The History of Vaccines.

About Seth Mnookin and The Panic Virus

In The Panic Virus, Mnookin uses a combination of investigative reporting, intellectual and scientific history, and sociological analysis to explore the controversies over vaccines and their rumored connection to developmental disorders. Mnookin is also the author of the 2006 New York Times-bestseller Feeding the Monster: How Money, Smarts, and Nerve Took a Team to the Top, which chronicles the challenges and triumphs of the John Henry-Tom Werner ownership group of the Boston Red Sox. His first book, 2004′s Hard News: The Scandals at The New York Times and Their Meaning for American Media, was a Washington Post Best Book of the Year.