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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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What Counts as Evidence?

What Counts as Evidence?

(p.146) 5 What Counts as Evidence?
Vaccine Court

Anna Kirkland

NYU Press

Activists and scientists cannot see vaccine injuries in the same way even after they have argued over the evidence in courtrooms and meeting rooms for years. This chapter recounts the full range of contested evidence the special masters draw upon to decide cases at the vaccine court and shows how incommensurate the competing views of that evidence often are. This chapter also sets out how activists tried to use the legal process and the vaccine court itself to expose what they saw as conspiracy and misconduct. In turn, government scientists and bureaucrats also mobilized their story of vaccine safety through the vaccine court.

Keywords:   evidence, activists, special masters, bureaucrats, scientists, conspiracy

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