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4.0 out of 5 stars Timely, Necessary, and Informative, 31 Oct 2010
This review is from: Autism's False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure (Hardcover)
This is a very well-written and researched book that highlights much of the bad science and downright quackery that afflicts autism research. Of course it will get the negative reviews from Wakefield acolytes who will not want parents of autistic children, of whom I am one, to read it. The main problem for this book though is that many who hold to the vaccines/thimersal autism link will never be convinced by any amount of rigorous science, some of these genuinely believe in these unfounded theories but there are many who have a vested and financial interest in promoting unfounded and discredited hypotheses. This book represents an important antidote to all this and the author is to be commended for his bravery and honesty in writing it. My only quibble with it, hence four instead of five stars, is the author's over-confidence in the probity of the pharmaceutical industry generally. Recent cases, most recently the huge fine imposed on GSK for poor manufacturing practices at it's Puerto Rico plant shake public confidence in this industry. As the old saying goes: "Follow the money". The whole area of autism is sadly afflicted with quackery and chicanery and with parents desperate to believe in anything, it is likely to remain so until the true causes, genetic and/or environmental, are known. In the meantime, parents need to be able to distinguish good science from bad and this book is certainly instructive in this regard.
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