Andrew Wakefield reveals the inside story of the vaccine-autism connection, and his controversial research.
As Andrew Wakefield states in his prologue, “If autism does not affect your family now, it will. If something does not change - and change soon - this is almost a mathematical certainty. This book affects you also. It is not a parochial look at a trivial medical spat in the United Kingdom, but dispatches from the battlefront in a major confrontation - a struggle against compromise in medicine, corruption of science, and a real and present threat to children in the interests of policy and profit. It is a story of how ‘the system’ deals with dissent among its doctors and scientists.”
In the pursuit of possible links between childhood vaccines, intestinal inflammation, and neurologic injury in children, Wakefield lost his job in London’s Royal Free Hospital, his country of birth, his career, and his medical license. A recent General Medical Council ruling stated that he was “dishonest, irresponsible and showed callous disregard for the distress and pain of children.” Maligned by the medical establishment and mainstream media, Wakefield endeavors to set the record straight in Callous Disregard. While explaining what really happened, he calls out the organizations and individuals that are acting not for the sake of children affected by autism, but in their own self-interests.
Diagnoses of autism are rising. Why? Is some biological agent causing an actual uptick in autism?
In 1998, the respected medical journal The Lancet published a paper by Dr. Andrew Wakefield, a U.K.-based physician and researcher, that proposed a link between child vaccinations and autism. The paper ignited a major public fear of vaccinations and a hot scientific debate which ended with the disgrace and discrediting of Wakefield and his findings.
Callous Disregard, adeptly narrated by Gildart Jackson, is Wakefield’s attempt to uphold his original findings and clear his name. More than a discussion of vaccination and autism, Callous Disregard, is a look into the process of scientific discovery and the special interests that can get in the way.
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