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- 1 The MMR controversy
- 2 Background to the controversy
- 3 Risk perception
- 4 Single vaccines – the middle way?
- 5 MMR and the media
- 6 Everyone's interests
- 7 Concluding remarks
- 8 Reading 1: The Lancet Paper
- 9 Reading 2: Communication and miscommunication of risk: understanding UK parents' attitudes to combined MMR vaccination
- 10 Reading 3: Towards a better map: Science, the public and the media
- 10.1 Media coverage of the MMR controversy
- 10.2 Media coverage of cloning and genetic medical research
- 10.3 The media and the public understanding of science
- 10.4 Trust
- 10.5 Overall levels of scientific understanding
- 10.6 What did we learn from media coverage between April and October?
- 10.7 The media and public understanding of climate change
- 10.8 The media and public understanding of the MMR controversy
- 10.9 The media and public understanding of cloning and genetic medical research
- 10.10 Conclusions
- 11 Reading 4: The lessons of MMR
- Current section: References
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