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Vaccine CourtThe Law and Politics of Injury$
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Anna Kirkland

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479876938

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479876938.001.0001

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Our Immunization Social Order

(p.1) Introduction
Vaccine Court

Anna Kirkland

NYU Press

This chapter introduces major themes of the book by placing the U.S. Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (and the court that decides claims, the so-called vaccine court) at the center of recent controversies over vaccine safety. Scholars have long debated whether courts and legal actors can do justice to scientific and medical disputes. The vaccine court and the claims of vaccine injury can help us understand how law can do justice to science and to injured people at the same time. The book is based on six years of legal and social science research through interviews, observations, and primary source document analysis and approaches the vaccine court from a pro-immunization perspective.

Keywords:   law, court, vaccine, injury, science, justice, social science, interviews, documents

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