Callous Disregard

Callous Disregard

Autism and Vaccines-- the Truth Behind A Tragedy

Book - 2010
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As Andrew Wakefield states in his prologue, "If autism does not affect your family now, it will. If something does not change--and change soon--this is almost a mathematical certainty. This book affects you also. It is not a parochial look at a trivial medical spat in the United Kingdom, but dispatches from the battlefront in a major confrontation--a struggle against compromise in medicine, corruption of science, and a real and present threat to children in the interests of policy and profit. It is a story of how 'the system' deals with dissent among its doctors and scientists."

In the pursuit of possible links between childhood vaccines, intestinal inflammation, and neurologic injury in children, Wakefield lost his job in London's Royal Free Hospital, his country of birth, his career, and his medical license. A recent General Medical Council ruling stated that he was "dishonest, irresponsible and showed callous disregard for the distress and pain of children." Maligned by the medical establishment and mainstream media, Wakefield endeavors to set the record straight in Callous Disregard . While explaining what really happened, he calls out the organizations and individuals that are acting not for the sake of children affected by autism, but in their own self-interests.
Publisher: New York : Skyhorse Pub., c2010.
ISBN: 9781616081690
1616081694
9781616083236
1616083239
Characteristics: vii, 271 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Alternative Title: Autism and vaccines
Lancet.

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Feb 23, 2012

After reading the allegations against Dr. Andrew Wakefield by Brian Deer, I was very curious as to how Wakefield would respond. This book gives very detailed information on the allegations against him and explains how the information published in The Lancet in 1998 were correct and ethical. He goes through each of Deer's allegations, showing how Deer manipulated the information to his advantage (for example, stating that one of the children in the study had had "fits" prior to the MMR, when these documented "fits" were febrile convulsions on two separate occasions and had nothing to do with behavioural issues, as Deer's article lead to believe). He also goes through the allegations by the GMC regarding his being funded by a group of lawyers (LAB). It is interesting to note that, in January 2012, this vilified doctor filed a defamation lawsuit in Texas state court against Deer and the British Medical Journal.

Warning: this book is not an easy read. It is written for academics; however, it is worth reading!

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