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Strangling Angel: Diphtheria and Childhood Immunization in Ireland

Michael Dwyer


This book is the first comprehensive history of the anti-diphtheria campaign and the factors which facilitated or hindered the rollout of the national childhood immunization programme in Ireland. It is easy to forget the context in which Irish society opted to embrace mass childhood immunization. Dwyer shows us how we got where we are. He restores Diphtheria’s reputation as one of the most prolific child-killers of nineteenth and early twentieth-century Ireland and explores the factors which allowed the disease to take a heavy toll on child health and life-expectancy. Public health officials i ... More

Keywords: Childhood, Immunisation, Ireland, Irish Studies, Irish History, Diphtheria, Public Health, History of Medicine

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781786940469
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781786940469.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Dwyer, author