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Callous Disregard: Autism and Vaccines: The Truth Behind a Tragedy Hardcover – May 24, 2010

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“I'm so glad Andy Wakefield finally has the chance to tell his story. . . . For hundreds of thousands of parents around the world, myself included, Andy Wakefield is a symbol of strength and conviction that all parents of children with autism can use to fight for truth and the best lives possible for their kids.” (Jenny McCarthy, from her foreword)

“As a mother of a boy who regressed into autism immediately following his MMR vaccination, I welcome this book unreservedly . . . Whatever your thoughts on the issue, if you read nothing else at all on the vaccine-autism debate, this has to be the most crucial book you read.” (Polly Tommey, editor of The Autism File)

“Andrew Wakefield has been subjected to extraordinary criticism and condemnation from professional colleagues and the wider community since he first questioned the safety of the MMR vaccine. In this book he answers his critics—powerfully and comprehensively—and sets the record straight. It is essential reading for anyone wanting to know the truth behind the MMR debate and the politics of vaccination policy.” (Dr. Richard Halvorsen, author of The Truth about Vaccines)

“Meeting Dr. Andy Wakefield changed our lives and . . . we are forever grateful. His wise and measured advice about vaccinations helped us dodge a bullet . . . Our fourth son [had] multiple allergies and repeated infections . . . We now fully realize [he] would have been a victim of immune overload had we followed the regular vaccine schedule. . . . [He] is [now] bright and healthy . . . This book provides a terrifying insight into what has been happening behind the scenes as efforts redouble to silence Dr. Wakefield . . . It is a wake-up call to those who think [he] is anything other than a modern day hero fighting for all of our children.” (Robert Rodriguez and Elizabeth Avellan, Troublemaker Studios, Austin, Texas)

“Dr. Wakefield sets the record straight. It was not he who showed callous disregard towards vulnerable, sick children with autism. It was the British medical establishment, the General Medical Council, the media and the pharmaceutical industry that threw the children under the bus to protect the vaccine program. This is a book for everyone who cares about our future.” (Mary Holland, Esq., co-founder, Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy)

About the Author

Andrew J. Wakefield, MB, BS, FRCS, FRCPath, is an academic gastroenterologist. He received his medical degree from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School (part of the University of London) in 1981, and pursued a career in gastrointestinal surgery with a particular interest in inflammatory bowel disease. He has published over 130 original scientific articles, book chapters, and invited scientific commentaries. He and his wife, Carmel, live in Austin, Texas, and have four children: James, Sam, Imogen, and Corin.

Jenny McCarthy is a world-renowned autism activist, mother, and bestselling author. She splits her time between Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, and California. Her books include Belly Laughs, Baby Laughs, Life Laughs, Mother Warriors, Healing and Preventing Autism, and Louder Than Words.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (May 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616081694
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616081690
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very eye-opening and very well documented. I don't think the public realizes anything about his study that was printed in the Lancet. It was of a totally different nature than what I was led to believe through the media. Also, the details of how his study was discredited and how he lost his medical license were disturbing. Most alarming of all was the realization that although he was accused in the media of faking results, this was not what he was accused of in the medical hearings. I recommend reading this because it is not easy to explain in short snippets, but all should know the truth.
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A must-read for anyone who wants the truth on Dr. Wakefield -- a highly recognized, well-respected academic gastro-enterologist -- and his real positions on vaccines, which are quite different than those claimed by his antagonists in the medical and pharmaceutical industries.
When we are presented with a truth we would rather not hear, all too often we shoot the messenger. With regard to vaccines, Dr. Andrew Wakefield has been the messenger. Yet because of his overriding concern for the vast numbers of children who have suffered serious damage from vaccine reactions, he has stood his ground.
This book is well-written, thoroughly documented, and a fascinating account; Dr. Wakefield is an heroic figure.
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Wakefield prepared in this important brilliant landmark book, clear rebuttals for all the wrongful and untruthful or plainly ignorant charges. A witch hunt conducted by contemporary British academic and physician leagues to protect their own trade and self interest and cover up the misconduct of government regulatory agency and the pharmaceutical industry. Persecution unjust and ignorant is like the days of Galileo set by the Medieval church, yes still now with the Medieval medical Institutions and establishment. Collectively they launch relentless brutality and injuries to Dr. Wakefield to protect their own survival. Yet Mother Nature and truth can not be murdered by their collective cowardice and ignorance.
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Coming only recently to the polarized cross-roads of vaccine safety and autism, I had heard the names of Jenny McCarthy and Andrew Wakefield spoken in the most derisive of terms. Wow, I thought, who are these people that prompt such a strong reaction? I kept hearing that there was no link between vaccines and autism, that "they" had proven it years ago and totally discredited the man who published a study showing a relationship between a vaccine and autism.

Who the hell are "they"??? and how did a peer-reviewed study on autism and vaccines get published and then retracted? So I bought the book.

Andrew Wakefield's story is fascinating. Dr. Wakefield has scores of citations and cross-references to back up every claim and assertion he makes. His writing style is fun to read, with the occasional little bit of dry Brit humor that made me go back and read it twice to enjoy the snarky joke. Towards the middle of the book the writing was a bit of a slog to read, but I was glad I powered through that chapter as it gave good context and gravity to the last third of the book.

Most intriguing to me were the clear evidences of a smear campaign against him - the science of the study Dr. Wakefield contributed to was never called into question (there were 13 authors total in "The Paper"). The allegations against him and two other contributors had to do with ethics of prescribed diagnostic treatments and of funding. There was no charge that the science was wrong or in some way not factual.

Dr. Wakefield is a vocal advocate for vaccine use - but had the temerity to suggest that governments and pharmaceutical companies could do better regarding safety testing.
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Especially since there exists significant controversy surrounding this book, as a reviewer my focus is to help the potential reader of this book understand the content rather than argue about matters that have little to nothing to do with the actual scope of this book. In reading some of the reviews here, as well as the great amount of comments that have been submitted in response to these reviews (especially shortly after book release), it is apparent that some have not actually read this book, and the reader of this review can rest assured that this reviewer has read the entire content (an action which is aligned with his consistent policy to do so prior to submitting any review).

In pursuing possible links between childhood vaccines, intestinal inflammation, and neurologic injury in children, these events concluded with Wakefield losing his position in the Department of Medicine at London's Royal Free Hospital as well as his license to practice medicine in the UK. Because of the complexity of the events leading up to these ends, it is difficult for any review of this size to give this book justice. The first chapter discusses the original paper written by physicians (among them Wakefield) at the Royal Free Hospital and subsequently published in "The Lancet" (the self-described "world's leading general medical journal and specialty journals in Oncology, Neurology and Infectious Diseases") in 1998 entitled "Ileal lymphoid nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis and pervasive developmental disorder in children".

This paper discussed "clinical findings in 12 children with an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) occurring in association with a mild-to-moderate inflammation of the large intestine...accompanied by swelling of the lymph glands in the intestinal lining...
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