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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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Thanks for this! Excellent overview of this travesty.(Found it through PZ Myers' blog.)

Here from Pharyngula. Absolutely brilliant. Doctors are beginning to detect signs of autism spectrum disorder before the age at which the MMR is given, but you can bet that won't deter the antivaccination movement.

One minor point: On p. 11, "principal" should be "principle."

Minor spelling issue, major accomplishment

In the last frame on page 7, the lawyer's name was spelled "Bar", but it's "Barr" in earlier frames.

Your ability to organize the facts into a solid and coherent message is beautiful and devastating. Thank you.

Darryl,

This is exactly why I worry about the health of this world.
My son was genetically tested for mental illnesses and found to have Asperger's syndrome. The point that I would like to make is that AJ was genetically predisposed because both his father and mother were carriers of the gene that causes autism. With the proper early intervention, he is now a bright, happy, well-adjusted first grader and if you were to meet him, he would appear "normal" to most people who did not know his background. When we hear somebody say what a normal little boy, we always thank God that there will not be very many obstacles in AJ's path as he gets older.

The other point that I would like to make is that this cartoon is pretty inflammatory and sometimes veers into speculation about some parents' opinions. I wonder what opinion that some of your readers may have on that? I feel that everyone is entitled to their opinions and, while parents like Jenny McCarthy may have gone overboard, the study was discredited and, therefore, she feels that her opinion is valid and takes steps to protect her son, Evan, from what she perceives as a threat to her son. Any parent worth their salt would do that.

Cait
(Jennifer)

"You are entitled to your own opinions. Not your own facts."

Thank god you put the whole sordid affair in comic book format. Now we all know exactly what causes autism. Bravo.

"...had failed to be replicated by any one else."

should be:

"...had failed to be replicated by anyone else."

Thanks for doing this - it's a really good summary of everything that's wrong with the whole MMR scare that's easy to read and understand. I can see this getting circulated round the net in no time

This is great.
If anyone wants more detail, I've just been reading about this in Ben Goldacre's book "Bad Science" which has a chapter on "The Media's MMR Hoax" but also covers other scandalous behaviour by people like homeopaths, big drug companies, big vitamin companies, dodgy nutritionists and journalists (again). It also explains how science, particularly medical science, *should* work.

Page five, panel four: 'Wakefield' is spelled as 'Wakfield'.

Excellent strip, by the way.

Here from Pharyngula. Brilliant. I'm going to repost to my lj and to FB.

Yes, feel free to do that. Cheers!

Best usage of sequential art I've ever read. Autism strikes close to home. Thanks for uplifting the medium and letting those of us who care, know that others are aware of the controversy. Peace & Blessings

Just thought I'd chime in with one more: 'this is excellent' :)

It's annoying that people who are famous for being funny or having big breasts are given higher profile than actual experts and generally informed people on this issue.

This ought to be printed up and handed out to people everywhere. I've gotten into so many arguments with idiots who buy into that anti-vax conspiracy theory the next one I swear I'll end up bludgeoning them.

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