From the Publisher
The leading autism treatment attorney in the U.S., Gary Mayerson, says this about Science for Sale in the Autism Wars: "Science for Sale in the Autism Wars is a story crying out to be told. Dr. Sabrina Freeman ... expertly describes in her direct, no-holds-barred fashion precisely how health technology science was hijacked and distorted by British Columbia government ministries and their supporters, all in an effort to deprive children with autism of a "medically necessary" autism intervention
She exposes how and why government functionaries placed in charge of protecting children with autism have breached the public trust
"Dr. Freeman, a skilled and articulate advocate, performs the investigatory equivalent of an autopsy wielding a razor-sharp scalpel. With the reported incidence of autism clearly on the rise, Dr. Freemans analysis of the Auton case has profound implications for a whole generation of young children (and their families) very much at risk."
"The story behind the now famous Auton court casea case that the government lost at the Supreme Court level as well as on appeal to the British Columbia Court of Appeal, presents a pitched battle that has been waged for centuries
As Dr. Freeman explains, the Auton case turned into a case essentially pitting science against pseudoscience or non-science."
"Dr. Freeman sends a powerful message about the search for truth, and how that search is being distorted and corrupted by handsomely compensated health technology scientists who are allowing their integrity to be compromised."
Gary Mayerson is founder of Mayerson & Associates, a law practice in Manhattan dedicated almost exclusively to the representation of children and adolescents diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.
From the Author
It is unfortunate that this group of academics is going to achieve the rationing of health care for a very vulnerable group of children who desperately need treatment and, at the publication of this book, have no other effective treatment for their intractable disorder. The BCOHTA report of Lovaas Treatment in its published form, for years will haunt parents of children with autism fighting for their children's rights in courts around the world (particularly in parliamentary democracies). Justice will elude these children as governments work to save money and academics pad their curriculum vitae. In view of the autism experience, it is my sincere hope that the health technology movement will question the unhealthy influence that government funding has in shaping their research; however, I am not optimistic that health technology academics are capable of self-policing. Consequently, this movement will continue to grow and exert disproportionate influence at the highest levels of government. If this is permitted to happen, it will be to the detriment - globally - of children with autism. It is my hope that this book puts the necessary spotlight on the harmful role of health technology assessment in the ongoing autism wars, wherever the next battle is waged.