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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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Just a note in case you haven't already discovered: I found this posted to Reddit, and reposted it for some of my buds on FB. They also liked it.

Then I noticed you were posting off of LJ, so I thought I'd respond here.

Would not mind at all seeing similar.


I just had a short sypnosis of this in my neurobiology class yesterday, so this is perfect timing! Thank you for all your hard work, this is beyond awesome.

Big applause from the mother of an autistic child. One who has ALL his vaccinations, and will continue to get them as recommended by his pediatrician.

Even when he was newly diagnosed and I was struggling with the "why" of it all, I never did believe all the bunk about vaccines. Never.

I had insurance problems so my son was not vaccinated for a time (all caught up) so it drives me NUTS when people tell me that the shots caused it.

By the way, in retrospect, he had signs of it from birth. In NICU, he had oral defensiveness, and as a baby, he was far less responsive to people than his older siblings were.

Spelling mistake on p8 - "expences" should be "expenses".

Good stuff.

Freaking, FREAKING briliant. I am crossposting places.
Hugs from an autistic who was definitely autistic before I had that shot

Kudos for the excellent research and presentation! Definitely recommending this all around.

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With the caveat that the only right reason not to vaccinate, is if the person has an immune disorder or some other medical condition where vaccinating would be dangerous for them. Such people are fortunately rare enough that they can still gain the protection of herd immunity, but if and only if everybody else is vaccinated.

I love education in my comics.

How refreshing! A story that calls for media and scientist responsibility. Thank you!


I would like to link this to my LJ.

Re: Thank you for this.

Thank you. Please do.

this is lovely and all but.....

this is lovely and all but if the media hadn't made such a massive deal of the article initially, peer review would have just buried this work pretty quickly. obviously as a Ph.D. myself, medical journals aren't the greatest for evidence anyway due to the number of people/cases used.

so whilst I agree that crusading media types are great, if the media didn't keep dissecting one or two points from 5000 word articles then panic and fear wouldn't set into the national psyche.

Re: this is lovely and all but.....

Oh I totally agree. The last two pages do make it plain, I think, that the media's is as much to blame here as Wakefield.

Friend of Lupa's, reading over her shoulder:

On page 7, you wrote "Bar" where I believe you meant "Barr".

And thank you for this.


I've still a few minor corrections to make. Thank you.

Brilliantly put. Thank you.

Great stuff. My children were little at the time, and I remember it was so difficult deciding what to do for the best. Maybe I'm being naive, but I can't believe someone - a doctor - would jeopardise the health of children like that.

Sadly, incompetent and cruel doctors do exist.