The week is coming to a close, and the Memorial Day holiday beckons for those of us in the U.S. I’ve spent most of this week blogging about the anti-vaccine movement, and I do need a rest. Next week, I promise to try to stay away from this issue as much as possible, not just to keep you from getting bored with it but, more importantly, to give myself the periodic rest from the concentrated idiocy to preserve my sanity. True, I can never guarantee that something won’t come up that will force me to break my self-imposed vacation from the craziness, but I think that a few days away from this topic will do me good.
In the meantime, I’d be very remiss if I didn’t point out that at least one skeptic has already read Andrew Wakefield’s new book, Callous Disregard: Autism and Vaccines: The Truth Behind a Tragedy. Dr. Harriet Hall, a.k.a The SkepDoc, has not only read Wakefield’s opus, but she’s panned it. One amusing tidbit:
Perhaps the most unfortunate chapter in the book is “Poisoning Young Minds,” a prime example of Godwin’s law. He describes how a math question in schools in Nazi Germany used Jews as an example, thereby sowing the seeds of anti-Semitic propaganda into young, fertile Aryan minds. He compares this to a question on a UK biology exam that used Wakefield’s study as an example, asking students whether it was reliable scientific evidence or might have been biased. This takes up a whole chapter!