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Library Catalogs Deny Science Denial

SANFORD BERMAN

Many libraries stock works such as Donald Prothero’s Reality Check: How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future (2013), Stephen Epstein’s Impure Science: AIDS, Activism, and the Politics of Knowledge (1996), Chris Mooney’s The Republican War on Science (2005), Nicoli Nattrass’s Mortal Combat: AIDS Denialism and the Struggle for Antiretrovirals in South Africa (2007), Seth Kalichman’s Denying AIDS: Conspiracy Theories, Pseudoscience, and Human Tragedy (2009), Pieter Fouri and Melissa Meyer’s Politics of AIDS Denialism: South Africa’s Failure to Respond (2010), Nicoli Nattrass’s The AIDS Conspiracy: Science Fights Back (2012), John Cook’s Climate Change Denial (2011), Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway’s Merchants of Doubt (2011), Robert Kenner’s 2015 documentary film Merchants of Doubt, Michael Specter’s Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives (2009), Hannah Allen’s Don’t Get Stuck! The Case Against Vaccinations and Injections (1985), Paul A. Offit’s Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All (2010), Mark A. Largent’s Vaccine: The Debate in Modern America (2012), Paul A. Offit’s Autism’s False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure (2008), PBS’s Frontline documentary Vaccine War (2010), Viera Scheibner’s Vaccination: 100 Years of Orthodox Research Shows That Vaccines Represent an Assault on the Immune System (1993), and Eleanor McBeans’s Poisoned Needle (1957).

But if you don’t already know the author or title and so make a subject search in the online catalog under “Science Denialism,” “AIDS Denialism,” “Climate Change Denialism,” or “Antivaccine Move ment,” you will likely find . . . nothing. It will seem that the library doesn’t really have such materials, although they do.

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