28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Another must-read book for any parent with a recent autism diagnosis,
This review is from: Defeating Autism: A Damaging Delusion (Paperback)
Michael Fitzpatrick is a doctor. He has a son with an autism diagnosis. Perhaps more than anyone he would want to use the knowledge of his profession to find a cure. However when he looked at the literature which purported to support the various "cures" on offer, in his own words: "To say I was disappointed would be an understatement". Dr Fitzpatrick is a welcome dose of reality in a confusing world of promises. His premise is simply to show people - in particular parents of children with autism - how to approach supposed cures with a critical eye, and in fact give you sufficient evidence to dismiss virtually every "miracle cure" currently on the market as at best nothing more than false hope and at worst potentially deadly. I am also a parent of a child with autism, and believe me if I honestly thought that any of these supposed cures worked, I would be doing them. However the evidence simply doesn't support it, and many of the "treatments" are actually nothing more than a form of hit and miss medical experimentation on your child. If you are a parent of a child with autism, before you start to pay hundreds/thousands to some well-spoken doctor at a private clinic who "understands" you better than your GP, please consider spending the price of this book first.