Keep Out of Reach of Children: Reye’s Syndrome, Aspirin, and by Mark A. Largent

By Mark A. Largent

“A attention-grabbing background of a public future health quandary. Compellingly written and insightful, Keep Out of succeed in of Children lines the invention of Reye’s syndrome, examine into its motives, industry’s efforts to prevent caution labels on one suspected reason, aspirin, and the dreaded disease’s surprising disappearance. Largent’s empathy is with the myriad youngsters and fogeys harmed via the affliction, whereas he demanding situations the triumphalist view that labeling solved the crisis.” —ERIK M. CONWAY, coauthor of Merchants of Doubt

“Largent’s attractive and sincere account explores how clinical mysteries are formed through winning narratives approximately venal drug businesses, heroic investigators, and Johnny-come-lately politicians.” —HELEN EPSTEIN, writer of The Invisible Cure

“Fascinating. . . . Thought-provoking.” —Booklist

“Well-researched. . . . A revealing work.” —Kirkus Reviews

Reye’s syndrome, pointed out in 1963, used to be a debilitating, infrequent situation that usually bothered fit young ones simply rising from the flu or different minor health problems. it all started with vomiting, by means of confusion, coma, and in 50 percentage of all circumstances, loss of life. Survivors have been frequently left with everlasting liver or mind harm. determined, terrorized mom and dad and medical professionals pursued dramatic, frequently ineffectual remedies. For over fifteen years, many inconclusive theories have been posited as to its explanations. The facilities for illness keep watch over dispatched its Epidemic Intelligence carrier to enquire, culminating in a research that steered a hyperlink to aspirin. Congress held hearings at which folks, researchers, and pharmaceutical executives testified. the end result was once a caution to folks and medical professionals to prevent pediatric use of aspirin, resulting in the common substitution of different fever and ache reducers. yet ahead of a real reason was once definitively confirmed, Reye’s syndrome easily vanished.

A harrowing clinical secret, Keep Out of achieve of Children is the 1st and in simple terms booklet to chart the background of Reye’s syndrome and show the confluence of clinical and social forces that made up our minds the general public overall healthiness coverage reaction, for higher or for ill.

Mark A. Largent, a survivor of Reye’s syndrome, is the writer of Vaccine: the talk in sleek America and Breeding Contempt: The heritage of Coerced Sterilization within the United States. he's a historian of technology, affiliate Professor in James Madison collage at Michigan kingdom college, and affiliate Dean in Lyman Briggs collage at Michigan kingdom college. He lives in Lansing, Michigan.

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