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Monday, October 19, 2009

Pricks can cause public health panics, experts warn

In the present climate of anti-science hysteria this article came as a breath of fresh air.

If you doubt that we are in such a climate, try Googling "MMR lies" as I did in the hope of locating the debunking of Doctor (still, shamefully) Andrew Wakefield's campaign of self-aggrandising nonsense which will be causing deaths from avoidable diseases long after his fifteen minutes of fame were up. (The debunking has been carried out and widely reported, of course, not that you'd know it from the Wakefield Fan Club.)

Or indeed Google "Natalie Morton" (the unfortunate young woman who died of a chest tumour shortly after receiving a cervical cancer vaccination). There is a lot of nuttiness out there. Some of it has been as utterly discredited as the MMR myth: see here and here for an especially good example. Then see here to note that the fallacious rubbish is still being circulated as fact by crackpots.

P.S. Shouldn't Cervarix be an ancient Gaullish gynaecologist?


At 23 October, 2009 16:43, Blogger JoeinVegas said...

Wait a minute - what's xkcd's take on this? (sorry, you just had me on that site for too long with a reference further down)


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