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The End, Again

This brings us to the end of our ScienceBlogs Book Club discussion of Autism’s False Prophets. Thanks to everyone for their participation. The next Book Club discussion will start in mid-November, and we’ll announce the title as soon as we can. If you’d like to add your name to the ScienceBlogs Book Club mailing list,…

Dr. Offit has never been shy about coming out with his opinions about vaccines and their lack of association to autism. Good. I genuinely thank him for doing so. He has been willing to put himself in the line of fire for what he believes is the right thing to do. In the course of…

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…

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…

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…

On Friday, while discussing what is perhaps the aspect of Autism’s False Prophets that is at the same time the most important set of observations (namely, how the media and government miscommunicate science and how the public seems hardwired to misunderstand science) and its most glaring omission (namely, suggestions how to overcome this problem), I…

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…

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.…

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…

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,…