The ScienceBlogs Book Club

Paul Offit

AFP author–Day 8

I want to thank all of those who have commented on this blog for their thoughtfulness and reason. In answer to some of your questions: Regarding the scope of the book: One commenter asked if I had considered including material in the book that was not directly related to the vaccine-autism debate. Yes. The one…

AFP author–Day 6

Thanks again for all of your comments. I’ll try to address a few of your excellent suggestions and criticisms. Regarding my characterization of children with autism: I think one of my limitations in writing this book is that I’m not a neurologist, psychologist, or developmentalist. I’m an infectious diseases specialist with an expertise in vaccines.…

AFP author–Day 4

I’ll try to address some of the excellent questions that were asked and points that were raised. Regarding Jennifer’s comment that the stated previous incidence of autism of 1 in 10,000 children is inaccurate: You’re right. I’ll make sure not to use that statistic in the future. Thanks for pointing that out. As you note,…

AFP author–DAY3

As the hypotheses shift… It’s now been about ten years since vaccines were first blamed to be the cause of autism. First, it was the MMR vaccine. The mechanism by which this vaccine was supposed to cause autism was ill conceived. Measles vaccine virus was proposed to replicate in the intestine causing chronic inflammation and…

AFP author–DAY 2

I want to thank all of you who took the time to read the book and comment. Many of you had kind things to say about the writing and content, clearly understanding what I was trying to do and why I did it. I’ll try and answer as many questions that were directed at me…

My name is Paul Offit. I’m the chief of the division of infectious diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and my published expertise is in the area of vaccine safety and rotavirus-specific immune responses. (I’m the co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine, RotaTeq). I’ve written a book about the vaccine-autism controversy titled AUTISM’S FALSE PROPHETS:…