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The Facts In The Case Of Dr. Andrew Wakefield
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A fifteen page story about the MMR vaccination controversy. As ever, I'm sure a few spelling errors have slipped past me. Feel free to point any out so I can correct them.

The reference links for the strip are in the next blog entry.

Now! Let's have a heated debate!

2013 update. Since I wrote this blog entry, this cartoon strip as well as many others on such subjects as homeopathy, chiropratic, evolution, and the supposed NASA Moon hoax landings, have been published in a book: Science Tales in the UK (Myriad Edtions) and How To Fake A Moon Landing in the US and Canada (Abrams). Here's the link to my main blog.

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Absolutely wonderful. I think that's the thing I hate about this whole debate, it's not a debate! It's ignorance!

Found out about this via lupagreenwolf. Bravo. VERY well done.

Lovely comic, found it through Lupa's link.

Things like this, I think, have the potential to be very educational and spread the word in a visually engaging format that will catch the eye of people and keep them reading. I especially appreciate it for that.

I posted this on my FB and people liked it and my friend Pia reposted it. Very awesome comic Darryl - you are supercool!

Linking this. Thank you so much for doing the research and making it accessible and easy to read. I mean, you'd think that wouldn't be necessary, but... EVIDENTLY IT IS. /headdesk

Passed this on on my LJ and Twitter. Also, FWIW, bought two copies of Psychiatric Tales--one for me, and one for my office-to-be, once I'm into my practicum. Thank you for these most excellent resources.

In this panel:

You misspelled immunization.

I am going to send this link to every single damn person who still tries to tell me my son's autism was caused by his vaccines. Thank you thank you thank you. This lays it out all so perfectly.

I'm a Brit and that just the way we spell "immunization". Of course, you wouldn't have known where I live. Thanks for the kind words and the sending of the links. I too am tired of this subject. It was my anger which drove me to write and draw up the strip. Thanks!


may i use this in my science classes at school?


Yes, please do. I'm all for comics in education.

Utterly fucking magnificent.


Marry me?

Seriously, though, this is fantastic. Thanks for sharing it. If the anti-vaxxers can't/won't understand something as direct and as clear as this, then I'm giving up on 'em... (not that I'm not close to it, already...)

Thank you!

Pleased I've had so much support. I honestly thought I'd be geting serious hate mail from anti-vaxxers. But none so far. Bound to happen though.

Linking vaccinations to any otherwise unrelated medical event is absurd. My generation was required to have the vaccine. If 12 people of my generation were diagnosed with ANYTHING, one could look back and see the MMR vaccine in 100% of their histories... thereby erroneously stating a correlation.

It wouldn't be an erroneous correlation, but an erroneous causation. It would be a real and correct correlation. This is a mistake that many people make. They believe that correlation and causation are the same thing.

There is a latin saying "Post hoc ergo propter hoc". "After it, therefore, because of it". This is rarely ever true and many people don't seem to understand that a correlation (event x came before event y) doesn't imply a causation (event x CAUSED event y).

Excellent piece.

What interests me is the dilemma parents are (or were) in. I think parents make some sort of probability cost/benefit analysis, for instance, that there's a 5% chance that Wakefield is correct, and that becoming autistic is more than 20 times worse than maybe getting measles. So they act rationally, but wrongly, with the information available to them.

the problem is even if there was a connection (which there isn't) they miscalculate the actual risk level of getting measles. before vaccinations, childhood diseases had around a 50% mortality rate. what's worse, having a living autistic child or having a grave?

You are my hero. This...yes. Yesyesyesyes.

Beautifully done, both the content and the format.

(Here via a Facebook link.)

Awesome. I did not of Dr. Andrew Wakefield..

Plus you make a great point: Newspapers need people with real expertise writing the articles, not those that know how to generalise incorrect data and use a hyperbole to make something sound scary.