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Evidence of Harm by David Kirby

David Kirby’s book, Evidence of Harm: Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic: A Medical Controversy looks at the role mercury plays in autism (see Mercury & Autism; Ethyl Mercury Versus Methyl Mercury). There is an extensive and well written review of it on Spiked-Online by Dr Michael Fitzpatrick, author of MMR and Autism: What Parents Need to Know.
I fear that his misguided endorsement of the anti-mercury cause can only compound the damage that this campaign has already done, both to families affected by autism and, by undermining public confidence in the childhood immunisation programme, to the welfare of children in general.
Kirby, a freelance journalist in New York, presents this ‘medical controversy’ as a confrontation between two camps. On the one side are heroic, suffering, struggling parents and their courageous supporters; on the other are cold, scheming, faceless bureaucrats of the medical establishment, big pharma and big government. Kirby’s character sketches leave readers in no doubt about his allegiances.

2 Comments

  1. suzanne

    Biased to be sure, as David Kirby himself states in the opening pages of his book. Then again, as he also states, NOT A SINGLE OFFICIAL agreed to be interviewed, in order to present their side.
    WHY ARE AUTISM RATES NOW DROPPING, COINCIDING WITH THE REMOVAL OF THIMERISOL FROM VACCINES?

  2. Matt

    Autism rates are dropping? It’s 3 years after you posted that, and they are NOT dropping – even with the removal of thimerisol.

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