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Autism’s False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure by Paul A. Offit, M.D.

At my workplace, I have found no fewer than half a dozen books championing the notion that vaccines are somehow responsible for autism, most of them authored by the ever-so-credible Jenny McCarthy.  So far, I have found only one book on the shelf that offers the much-needed rebuttal.  I feel this book needs publicity, if only so the public at large can see that science does have an answer to these ridiculous claims.

I have to wonder what sort of society I’m living in when it seems like McCarthy, who has repeatedly demonstrated that she lacks even the most basic knowledge of the subject for which she claims to be a spokesperson, is considered more credible than the entire medical community.  Of all the misguided causes and pseudoscientific movements in the western world, this one disturbs me the most, due to the rising count of preventable illnesses and deaths associated with the anti-vaccination movement.

Encouraging parents to forego vaccinations for their children is irrational, ill-informed, and dangerous.  It places more than the individual children at risk, and diverts funding and attention away from realistic efforts to understand and treat autism.  Education and critical thinking are all it should take to deflate these fallacies.  Why is this so difficult?

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April 28, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment