Dr. Offit’s book, published in September by Columbia University Press, has been widely endorsed by pediatricians, autism researchers, vaccine companies and medical journalists who say it sums up, in layman’s language, the scientific evidence for vaccines and forcefully argues that vulnerable parents are being manipulated by doctors promoting false cures and lawyers filing class-action suits.
“Opponents of vaccines have taken the autism story hostage,” Dr. Offit said. “They don’t speak for all parents of autistic kids, they use fringe scientists and celebrities, they’ve set up cottage industries of false hope, and they’re hurting kids. Parents pay out of their pockets for dangerous treatments, they take out second mortgages to buy hyperbaric oxygen chambers. It’s just unconscionable.”…
…Dr. Nancy J. Minshew, a neurologist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a leading autism expert, said she had begun telling any parent asking about vaccines to read the Offit book. A brain-imaging specialist who gets no money from vaccine companies, she said she had never met or spoken with Dr. Offit.
The article is great, however I wish they would have corrected the record about Offit’s supposed conflict of interest in advocating vaccines, due to his supposedly being the holder of a patent for Rotateq (a vaccine against rotavirus):
His opponents dismiss him as “Dr. Proffit” because he received millions in royalties for his RotaTeq vaccine.
Actually, Offit is not the patent holder; the hospital he works for (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) did, and they have since sold it. Liz Ditz has the goods on this. Offit is also donating the royalties from the sale of his book to autism research.
My review of Offit’s excellent book is here.
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