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5.0 out of 5 stars These took some time to get sharp but easy enough to see the thing was working as they ..., 13 Feb. 2017
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Have bought a couple of these now, it works very well on all kinds of knives, some of which I have had for years
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Octonauts OcTopod Playset
Octonauts OcTopod Playset
Offered by PARAISO Japan eu
Price: £82.91

52 of 58 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but overpriced, 14 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Octonauts OcTopod Playset (Toy)
There are only two figures Kwazi and Barnacles, if you buy the extra bits
you get...Kwazi and Barnacles again, no Peso not to mention Shillington
The heads of the figures are too large so they tend to fall over especially
as there is so little room for them to stand up in the Octopod. Considering how
long it took to produce, a poor effort, but compulsory purchase!

MMR and Autism: What Parents Need to Know
MMR and Autism: What Parents Need to Know
by Michael Fitzpatrick
Edition: Paperback
Price: £27.99

86 of 123 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive review of how autism and MMR became linked, 14 Jun. 2004
This is a very important book, which really does live up to its title, it does contain what 'every parent need to know '. In fact it contains a great deal more that they need to know and is arguably the most comprehensive and reliable discussion of the subject there, is as well as providing a useful summary of ideas about autism. ( Fitzpatrick himself is the father of an autistic child). Some may find the level of detail a bit overwhelming , but only by tracing it chronologically is it possible to grasp how the story developed and the peculiar way in which new claims have been added and others quietly dropped as they proved unsustainable even to Andrew Wakefield, the originator of the idea that autism and MMR were linked.
Fitzpatrick does not dismiss the views of those who claims a link between MMR and autisms out of hand but systematically goes through all their claims and shows how they just don't stand up to any rational analysis by which we make judgments and decisions about issues in normal life.
Yet it's remarkable how widespread these views now are, working in a hospital, I'm still amazed at the number of people who've smugly told me that there must be something in the link with autism but the advantages of the MMR vaccine outweigh the risks of not having it; well, this book shows quite clearly that there isn't anything in the link and it's not a question of balancing two opposing points of view.
In fact, the medical and political establishment doesn't come out of this story very well either and Fitzpatrick is right to point out their shortcomings. From the initial decision of the editor of the Lancet to publish what he considered at the time to be a poor paper (and launch it with a televised press conference) to Tony Blair, who gave the story a new lease of life by refusing to say whether his young son had been vaccinated, to the Department of Health and its experts, who have done their share of scare mongering with dire threats of impending epidemics yet who weren't even prepared to defend their point of view in the televised discussion after the drama 'Hear the silence' about Andrew Wakefield was screened on Channel 5. It's also amazing to note how many journalists have boosted their careers by latching on to this scare whenever it's flagged.
It may be that this particular story is now over, Andrew Wakefield has adopted an increasingly martyred posture, leaving a small group of followers to do his arguing for him, but it is still an important issue and you can be sure that there will be another issue along which will cause another panic. There are many lessons to be learnt from it and it is in this context that the epilogue to the book is particularly useful. It ranges from practical suggestions to fellow GP's on how to put a positive case for MMR without scaring worried patients, to a more general and thought provoking section on medicine and scientific research in an increasingly irrational and anxious age.

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