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Callous Disregard: Autism and Vaccines--The Truth Behind a Tragedy Paperback – November 21, 2017
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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
?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., cofounder, Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy
?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
?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
?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
About the Author
Andrew J. Wakefield, MB, BS, FRCS, 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.
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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You need to read this book. However, a few points:
1) it is very, very detailed. At times it might bore the casual reader, and level of writing is well above average.
2) If you are not from the UK, at times the UK style English could be confusing. It takes a few chapters to get used to it.
3) There is a short chapter in the very beginning that introduces the book, and it seems out of place.
You will get a ton of benefit from reading this book, and I find it very "telling" that the book is not available to be sold in the UK. That should tell you all you need to know about this situation.
1. You have never actually read the original Lancet paper.
2. You haven't actually read this book either.
On the other hand, if you have read the original paper (which is short and still available online) and seen how often and badly it is misquoted, then it's a fascinating and detailed account of the hatchet job that was done on a doctor who, one day, will be widely honored for the hero he is: in spite of losing his medical licence in the UK and having his reputation torn to shreds, he still fights day in and day out for the health and safety of children everywhere.
I see some reviews state that he is "rewriting history", but the massive number of citations and references would seem to make this unlikely - and if the book were full of falsehoods, I'm pretty sure he would have been sued by now.
It's time more people, especially parents, started to investigate vaccines by themselves (without relying on what the news media tells them), because it's a deep, dark rabbit hole, and this book is as good a place as any to start digging, as is the excellent book, "Dissolving Illusions".