Autism's False Prophets

Autism's False Prophets

Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for A Cure

Book - 2008
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Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, c2008.
ISBN: 9780231146364
Branch Call Number: 618.9285882 O32
Characteristics: xxi, 298 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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Jan 29, 2013

From NYT article:

"But there will be no book tour for the doctor, Paul A. Offit, author of “Autism’s False Prophets.” He has had too many death threats.

“I’ll speak at a conference, say, to nurses,” he said. “But I wouldn’t go into a bookstore and sign books. It can get nasty. There are parents who really believe that vaccines hurt their children, and to them, I’m incredibly evil. They hate me.”

Dr. Offit, a pediatrician, is a mild, funny and somewhat rumpled 57-year-old. The chief of infectious diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, he is also the co-inventor of a vaccine against rotavirus, a diarrheal disease that kills 600,000 children a year in poor countries.

“When Jonas Salk invented polio vaccine, he was a hero — and I’m a terrorist?” he jokes, referring to a placard denouncing him at a recent demonstration by antivaccine activists outside the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta."


Feb 05, 2011

This is a thorough account of how a few individuals, some misguided and some opportunistic, created doubt and confusion about vaccines especially the MMR vaccine.

It is well-researched and presented with no bias (in the back inside cover of the book there is a small note that states that all profits will go to autism research).

The last few chapters of this book are fascinating. The author explains the global context for the anti-vaccine movement.

Dr Offit is also a gifted writer - he is clear and direct.

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