Rise of the Vaccine Nation

'The New Yorker' Joins the Campaign for a Disease-Free America

Similarly, Specter's editorial employed the "alarmist" rhetoric of vaccine advocates, according to Dr. Jane Orient, executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. "It has this underlying assumption that if the government doesn't force everybody to have these vaccines, regardless of one's personal beliefs, then we're going to have people dropping dead of diphtheria." Orient opposes universal administration of the hepatitis B vaccine, for example, because few children actually fall into high-risk groups and because she believes no treatment should be given without the patient's informed consent.

New Yorker editor David Remnick declined to comment on the editorial content, while Carey conceded that the two pieces "seem to be pro-pharmaceutical." The good news is that The New Yorker has had its best third quarter since 1990. Ad pages are up 15 percentage points over the same period last year, and renewal rates are at an all-time high. Carey said this reflects advertisers' confidence in Remnick.

Research assistance: Suzanne Latshaw

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