The ScienceBlogs Book Club

Kristina Chew

On the last day of the Science Blogs Book Club discussion about Dr. Paul A. Offit’s recently published Autism’s False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure, I’ll start by quoting the last paragraph of the book: The science is largely complete. Ten epidemiological studies have shown MMR vaccine doesn’t cause…

I’m teaching a course on Greek and Roman mythology this semester and last week we tackled this question: Did the Greeks believe their myths? That is indeed the title of a 1988 book by French historian Paul Veyne. He writes in his Introduction: Did the Greeks believe in their mythology? The answer is difficult, for…

Legal Matters, Briefly

I apologize that this post is not really a review of Dr. Offit’s book (I don’t know how your Monday has been going but mine has included a boy with a bad cold who had to stay home resulting in immediate rearrangement of my schedule of classes etc., and my needing to meet the deadline…

Framing Autism

Orac wrote about the need to devise frames that can “combat the likes of Jenny McCarthy” and to counter the highly misleading frames that are out there about vaccines, namely: 1) Autism as vaccine injury. 2) Vaccination as an assault on personal freedom. 3) “Green Our Vaccines” and its variant, “We are not ‘antivaccine’; we’re…

Orac in his first post about Autism’s False Prophets by Dr. Paul Offit wondered at the book’s chapter 5. Chapter 5 is entitled “Mercury Rising” and is (quoting Orac) a ‘”straightforward and relatively uncritical recitation of the ‘science’ used by antivaccinationists to show that mercury causes autism.” Noting that he has “read and analyzed many…

Deconstructing David Kirby. This is the title of one of two follow-up posts that Dr. Rahul Parikh wrote after reviewing Dr. Paul Offit’s Autism’s False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure and getting the usual treatment by the usual “anti-vaccine/pro-vaccine-safety/mercury militia” suspects: A smackdown by the likes of David Kirby…