MMR and autism
Being on the spectrum does not automatically excuse criminal behaviour.
Michael Fitzpatrick isn't convinced by a much raved-about autism memoir.
Unorthodox autism campaign groups are finally distancing themselves from the MMR theory. Sadly, they’ve embraced other cranky theories.
It was a widespread mood of anxiety and hostility to reason that allowed an insubstantial figure like Andrew Wakefield to have such an impact.
The only way to challenge the pseudoscience of Andrew Wakefield and others is to have more debate, not less.
Must-reads from the past week
Private Eye’s feeble apology for its support for Dr Andrew Wakefield reminds us of the media’s uncritical complicity in the MMR-autism theory.
Yes, Dr Andrew Wakefield’s MMR-autism theory was dishonest, but he’s not the only one to blame for the great vaccine scare of the past 12 years.
The author of Defeating Autism: A Damaging Delusion challenges both those who want to cure and those who want to celebrate autism.
Lumping Mozart and Einstein in with those who have severe socialisation problems is no help to sufferers or science.
When Michael Fitzpatrick criticised the Autism File he was branded a ‘backwoods doctor’ who should shut up. Why?